Editorial: Wishful thinking
In the spirit of the new year, may all enjoy peace, heath, love and prosperity … A few of the following would be nice too:
We wish that:
• Westport at long last cleanse its reputation as a haven for those who treat animals badly. And that those who cast judgement from neighboring towns remember the “people who live in glass houses” adage.
• Justice is finally meted out to those who would treat any living thing in such a way.
• We be treated to more characters like the “old bull” and “young bull” who, on a wager, hoofed it from a Westport watering hole to a Little Compton one and back — 11-plus miles - raising money for a good cause every step of the way.
• Donald Trump handles the office he will soon hold with the respect, dignity, wisdom and humility that it deserves and demands in precarious times.
• Tiverton leaders remember that they can mess up a lot of things but that failing to pick up the trash at reasonable cost will not be tolerated. Fall River regimes have been toppled for handling this task badly.
• We continue to be amazed by people who devote themselves to improving some little corner of their community … The likes of Geraldine Millham and Westport’s old houses, Caroline Wordell and young Little Compton scholars in memory of her late brother; Roger and Gail Greene and Simmons Mill Pond; all those who delivered food, money, help of any sort to those Westport animals …
• The Coast Guard spares the sweets sound of Sakonnet River bell buoy 2A (it’s also useful for navigation).
• That some state/municipal union leaders realize that a slightly diminished gold-standard pension is better by far than what bankruptcy would provide.
• In the spirit of the late but not lamented gas station by Grinnell’s Beach, we finally see:
— the last of the old Sakonnet River Bridge
— a certain Westport used car place put out of its misery
— the demise of winter moth caterpillars (gypsy moths would be nice too)
• That there be progress toward the Sakonnet Peace Alliance’s dream of a world with less strife. We’ve asked this before but the need has not diminished.