As you know, your Auntie likes to read the Letters to the Editor and is always interested in what people have to say. But your Auntie is not only interested in what is being said, but also who is saying it and why(e.g. Is someone related to the issue at hand? Are they possibly deriving a personal or business benefit: a job or a job for a family member or some kind of profit?).
Your Auntie has been reviewing letters to the editor in the THR and noticed a striking similarity within the “Pro-Legoland” Group: The ratables will help the school district and the municipalities, it will create jobs and it will help the local businesses out of the economic slump due to the government center temporarily (how many years now?) “closed for repairs”.
Your Auntie wants to dispel the notion that it will help the local small businesses. The idea that opening any large contained retail development, shopping mall, contained business center or tourist attraction would help local business is just not demonstrated in the history of such events! Does opening a Walmart help the local plumbing supply store in your hamlet? Does a new shopping mall increase business in the local dress shop? NO! Such events facilitate the “DECLINE of the downtown” by drawing the business to these “centers”.
So, let’s get over the notion that Legoland will help businesses in the Village of Goshen! Get over it, Right NOW!
To think that a family with 4-12 year olds is going to the diner in Goshen after a day of feasting in the Legoland eateries is just unrealistic. To think that this family is going to suddenly realize, just before they turn off exit 125, that they need to stop off a Linda’s Office Supply to buy paperclips is just plain stupid. HOW will a Legoland help local business when Legoland will meet all that the theme park attendee needs, within their boundaries??? Food, toys (legos) rides, Aquarium and more! Just as the Galleria in Wallkill helped businesses in downtown Middletown, just as the Woodbury Common helped businesses in Central Valley, so shall Legoland help the Village (and town) of Goshen. Add to this equation the very real environmental impacts such as unmitigated traffic and wetlands intrusion and you have an equation for disaster. Think of the emergency services that will be needed for the one to two million people attending this “theme park”. And think of relying on a small group of hard working volunteers to provide those services. You have a formula for a medical nightmare.
Keeping this in mind, we will look at some of the letter writers who are Pro-Legoland and see not only what they said but why they said it. Do they stand to gain something? And even though they signed their letters as being “in Goshen” or implying that they live there, do they?
Jack Berkowitz “of Goshen” wrote: “Legoland New York will be acatalyst for future investment in our community”. THR 1-2917
Jack Berkowitz “of Goshen” lives in Warwick NY, not Goshen, but he does have a vested interest in a “catalyst for investment” in Goshen. His accounting practice/office is in Goshen. He is a Goshen business owner. Will he receive some additional accounting work from Merlin Entertainments directly or will that family of four with two kids under 12, after a day of exhausting fun sitting on legos and calculating their STEM points, decide to go to Jack and get their taxes done? While jostling the kids on their knees? “Mommy, Mommy, what does tax deduction mean?” We think not.
Would Jack suggest that Legoland set up in Warwick instead? What a great idea! It would definitely help the businesses in the Village there, especially during Applefest. http://jackfberkowitz.com/ .
Next, there was a letter written by Ron Boire who said: “Legoland New York will be a catalyst for future investment in our community” Ron is a business owner in Goshen but does not live there. Ron and his wife live in Warwick NY. Do you think Ron is hopeful that those families of four will be staying at his business? Is he saying to himself: “Hey, it will be good for me so the heck with Goshen RESIDENTS.’?
“catalyst for future investment in our community” …Lives in Warwick
Seeing the pattern yet?
Luca Spensieri, in his letter THR 1-29-17 promises that even more fun will come if Legoland is built in Goshen. Luca said: “this project will also energize and stimulate more recreational related growth in the area with additional benefits for all.” And “I ask all these skeptics: If our predecessors applied the same concerns as they pretend to do for Legoland would we have such beautiful cites as New York…”
Excuse us, Luca, we have a question or two. More “recreational related growth” How many theme parks do you want? What's wrong with the Natural recreation available on the Hudson and Delaware Rivers? Because, Luca, if you develop too much “fun” you will most certainly impact those rivers.
“benefits for all? “beautiful cities such as New York”? Don’t you mean “benefits for building contractors"?
And if NYC is so beautiful, why did you move from Flushing, Queens? The Borough of Queens in where?….in NYC!!!!!
Spensieri & Paolo Contracting Corp. Luca Spensieri · Po Box 422, Goshen, New York 10924
One more for now, Cari Nipoti, in fact, this next one is absolutely entertaining!
Mary Rice Isrealski, in her dispatch depicted the same day, raves about the tax revenues and “employment opportunities for high tech, skilled and entry level workers who will also invest in Orange County when they spend money here.” Mary, you should have also added “when they buy houses here”
From her website:
As a 15 year resident of Orange County and an active member of the Goshen community, she has membership in the following organizations.
Town of Goshen Planning Board
Director of Citizens Who Care, Inc
Advisor to Town on Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Farm Preservation
This is just too funny! Planning Board of Goshen, the one who is deciding whether or not to build Legoland in Goshen? hahahahhaha! Drum roll please!!!!
ADVISOR to Town on parks (theme parks, is it?) Open space and Farmland PRESERVATION??? Ha!
Is Legoland now a farm? Is that related to STEM, teaching children how to milk the legos? Ha!
Mary, is Legoland going to have a light blue exterior to match the sky and have old fieldstone walls? Will it have period lighting? What happened to the person who was so concerned about the period aesthetics so a project would be in snyc with the historic ambiance of Goshen? Are primary school colors now a natural part of the landscape, Mary?
Auntie and the Team have fallen off their chairs and are now rolling on the floor, convulsed with laughter!!! Just how stupid do you think the VOTERS in Goshen are?
Don’t worry Mary, even though your dreams of real estate fortunes will not be realized, you could always sell a house in Arcadia Hills. We hear that those homes are selling like hotcakes!!! And those entry level Legoland employees will be delighted owning an affordable home! One adjacent to the place where they are so lucratively employed for 7 months of the year! Hahahahaha!!!
On that one page spread 1-29-17 dedicated entirely to Legoland letters (and don’t say the THR is not biased when presenting Legoland). Of the five letters posted, one was not pro-legoland and that author, Doctor. Wolfson, did the unimaginable thing of requesting a referendum, so the voters who LIVE IN GOSHEN will decide! Silly Robert! What were you thinking in a democratic republic? Voting? humph!
He must be one of the “skeptics” who express “nonsense” in opposing Legoland. Opposing such things as the emissions of a million cars! And the effect of the VOC’s on the lungs of all the little tykes happily sitting on the legos counting to 8! Cover your mouths, little tykes! Have fun but don’t breathe!
Auntie and the team will be watching these letters very closely and if you, my dear nieces and nephews have any to share, please do! Because we are going to “out” them ALL. Every self -serving one of them.
Get the other side of the story. Please visit http://www.stoplegoland.com/
Main Street Goshen circa 2029, going past the Hall of Fame of the Trotter. One of the passengers is heard to say: “What’s a Horse”?
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