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  1. Thank you for putting into words what I’ve been thinking! If I ever get the chance I wouldn’t mind sitting down and buying you a drink!! CHEERS!!!

  2. A very well written letter, Mr. Stanaitis. However, it’s obvious your definition of a “tempest in a teapot” is anything that doesn’t affect you personally. The same local officials being reelected for decades without opposition; the use of plastic bags that destroy the ocean’s ecosystem; approval for construction of a large restaurant that adversely impacts many of your fellow Warwick homeowners? Well, they are all fine since none have negatively influenced your life. As for those who bring “dissension” to your “vanishing Eden”? Well, they’re just angry over the wrong stuff.
    Warwick is certainly a beautiful village, but is it a true community or just a group of people living in the same place? Until we begin to understand that assuring the quality of life we individually enjoy is dependent on our defending the rights of our neighbors, the village of Warwick will never be all it truly could be.

  3. it was truly all it could be until the original people passed away and they were replaced by angry people looking to prove they meant something in this world. look at the picture of warwick from the late 19th century. do you recognize all the homes on Elm street? do you recognize much of warwick. if those people back then were like you people today, warwick would be a ghost town, a brief note in the history of New York state.we advance with change. we die when we stay stagnant…

  4. Your statement that Warwick “was all it could be” back when the “original people” lived, is actually contradictory to the idea of change… but I regress.
    Many of the homes, as well as the buildings on Main Street, date back more than one hundred years, so yes I would recognize them in old photos. Progress is certainly necessary for a community to thrive, yet all change is not progress. Actually, I believe those you describe as “you people” are very much like those of the past. We work hard, believe in protecting our homes and respect the rights of our neighbors.
    And so, Mr. Stanaitis, I will respect your right to your own opinions and would appreciate some respect in return.

  5. all I want is that that people to want to impose their opinions on others have the guts to run for elective office. I detest ALL of these little activist groups who feel they know better than the public and use their influence as an activist group to force gutless local leaders to their wills we , by and large are an apathetic nation and we prefer not to get involved. this generation would never have won wars, pass earth shaking legislation. we have become a nation of small groups of bullies who know their victims will not fight back. I am not a victim.
    as an aside,,that area, several blocks around elm street was basically farms and forests prior to 1900. I think I know how those people who lived in the area felt back then. they saw their trees and streams disappearing but they knew it was inevitable. it was progress.
    yes, I respect the opinions who came here after we started to become citified and wanted to shut the gates to progress. I used to feel that way..but no more. .

  6. You describe us as “an apathetic nation” and say that a generation that prefers not to get involved would never have won wars, etc; yet you describe those willing to get involved and stand up against something they believe is wrong as “bullies”. So which is it? Are those, who are willing to fight to defend their homes and demand our community leaders enforce the very laws they themselves wrote, bullies? Or are they perhaps, just ordinary people willing to be ridiculed and demeaned for standing up for what they believe is right?
    Our little “activist group”, which you so detest, is not against progress, in fact we welcome it; we are, however, against change that would provide little benefit to our community as a whole while negatively impacting a large number of residents, some of whom have called Warwick home for as long as you have.
    I am truly saddened by the lack of moral support we have received from so many of our “neighbors” over this past year. I haven’t lived in Warwick for as long as you have Mr. Stanaitis, but I have built a life here for myself and my family; it’s disheartening to have to face the reality that many in my community believe the what would benefit a single merchant is far more important than the loss it would bring to more than twenty families who call this village home.

  7. it is very possible that by showing the site to be a possible new love canal and getting a court injunction to halt the building , the federal government could get involved . if that were to happen, those neighbors could find themselves in the same predictament that the people who did live by the canal found themselves being dispossessed until the clean up was completed. being right doesn’t always bring the results one expects. Stopping Mr. C may not cost him as much as it might cost the people who fought him to a standstill. I hope it works out for all concerned.

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