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Courier is Poisoning the Local Landscape

Published June 12, 2019

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For 34 years, I have worked for, and resided in the Town of Deep River. While the personal loss of my best friend, Dick Smith, was tragic to me, I was concerned: Who would replace him at the helm? I am pleased. First Selectman Angus McDonald is truthful, pensive, and objective.

My question is, does the Courier knowingly publish letters, despite their familiar lack of validity? Brett Thompson’s bi-weekly invective or, to be benevolent, misinformation regarding not only Angus, but other municipal employees who serve the town lays bare the evidence, that you in fact do.

Why this harangue? Thompson owns a home adjacent to the former lobster pound/construction company that Angus and his wife are revitalizing. The couple has reclaimed the site, and has applied to the Planning & Zoning Commission, requesting parking for up to 20 employee vehicles for its seasonal wedding venue, the Lace Factory. A prudent person may feel that plus or minus 15 vehicles, arriving then leaving at various times over the course of the weekend day for six months, wouldn’t constitute a challenge. As a sidebar, Lace provides decent paying jobs to local residents.

Thompson also opposes the use of the Valley Railroad and Steamboat Dock. I question the opposition to allowing 65 cars parking for the day on Valley Railroad property while folks are relaxing on the riverboat. I now have heard the writer opposes people hopping off the train at the dock and walking to the muster. Is this a gated community?

In closing, I feel that if you sincerely want people to trust you, you may want to cease poisoning the local landscape with blatantly fake news from deceitful individuals. Albeit trendy, fake news places a black eye on this wonderful community, and it’s hurtful.

Peter Lewis
Deep River

Editor’s note: Statements of fact in letters are subject to confirmation (opinions are the authors’ own). Brett Thompson has had three letters published in the Courier in 2019 (on Jan. 10, April 18, and May 30).