A blog about movies and the Sturbridge area, including The Brookfields, Brimfield, Charlton, Holland, Wales, and Spencer as well as adjacent towns.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Ware River News joins the bandwagon for the Casino's destruction

There is the famous line of Tacitus, the Roman author, about his country's wars of conquest,

solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant

Translated, it means "They Make a desert and call it peace.

The July 22 Ware River News editorial more or less takes the same tack as regards the Casino Theater in Ware. Their comment,

"Don’t let nostalgia involving a lost building get in the way of progress." They make that statement full in the knowledge that they have no idea what progress is other than destruction. Later on in the editorial is written, "So what could work here instead of empty parkingspots? That’s up to the experts to envision." They never tell who the experts are. How much is this paper part of Ware? It is owned by a company that run many papers in many towns. The editor has positions on other papers in other towns. Does he know or care about the Ware? Has he ever lived in a town with its own movie house?

Then there is this comment, "the Casino Theater is arguable (sic) the most visible and valuable piece of commercial property in the entire town. A block of prime real estate situated downtown that is leveled and cleared to its foundation does not come along very often."

I do not want to be unkind, but have the lads and lasses at the Ware River News been out of doors lately? The pulse is gone in the commercial and residential real estate market. It is especially gone in towns like Ware where industry has fled. Love him or hate him, Fred McLennan is your only game.

Another editorial quote, "Unfortunately, we have already heard the chatter of
turning the Casino Theater into a municipal parking lot, possibly reconnected to the town’s back lot that is almost lost to a jungle of weeds and fencing."

Before, I said I did not want to be unkind. When someone mentions making the Casino part of a parking lot, it is hard to avoid the temptation to bitterness. I never have a problem getting a parking space in Ware. No one ever has trouble finding a space for their car in The Town That Can't Be Licked.

Oh, there was a time that spaces were at a premium. Of course the Casino was open then.

If Ware really does not want to be licked, come to a Special Meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Wed, July 28, 2010 in the Selectmen’s meeting room from 7 – 9 p.m. The meeting is listed as a "Public Informational Meeting in regards to the Casino Theatre”.

No comments: