After my last mail I received a lot of comments supporting my
point of view but one in opposition which I quote in full:
not getting the point Chickenman. EVERY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY IS
FUNDED BY TAXES!!!!! This is no different than a playground that
only children use. Next thing you will want to stop the senior
centers and disabled bus service."
Hmmm. Here's my reply
certainly AM getting the point! And so far all my correspondents
(barring only yourself) agree with me.
You say EVERY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY IS FUNDED BY TAXES???? . What
about LCHSA? Or the local hunt? Or the boy scouts? Or the
people who dig in their own gardens. I could go on. And on.
Someone just suggested to me that WVT should build a bar with free
drinks in the township building, they could give an awful lot of
of people an awful lot of pleasure for the exact same outlay.
Maybe, and this is my idea, they could open it after each BOS
meeting thus encouraging more people to attend and have their say
in the community?
Sadly the situation is this. WVT is a rural community. Most of
the inhabitants live in houses with big gardens, sometimes bigger
than they really want, that they have paid for, and therefore they
have no use for community gardens. They think, and I agree, that
if a developer chooses to maximize his profits by building a load
of houses on tiny plots, then he, the developer, should be
responsible for making gardens available to those that desire it.
NOT the community."
Here are extracts from some other comments:
the taxpayers responsibility! "
"I still say it should be on the H.O.A or the developer."
"How can one guy expect the taxpayers to fund this water / garden
"If I, a taxpayer, pay for any of this then I will go down and
harvest my share. Just try and stop me. Really tired of
freeloaders... You want it you F'ing pay for it."
"I have an even better idea! A "sustainable" (there's that word
again) cistern fed with storm water from the street and a hand
pump. I'd chance storm run off ahead of chlorine. A low cost
"Why in the world – when we live in the country – with a minimum
of 2.5 acres does someone need a community garden?"
"I suggest Mr. Dietrich build his own garden on his own property
and not make all of us subsidize his demand for fresh vegetables."
"There is already an INSTALLED hydrant on Westover Lane towards
"You never cease to amaze, Chickenman."
"Suggestion: there are professional sustainable farmers in
northern Chester County who support themselves with their produce
sales (Maisies Farm, for example - I know it's up for sale, but I
think the farmers are still there. Also Lundale Farm - there are
some organic farmers there, too). If anyone knows what water
source is best to use, it would have to be farmers whose success
depends upon the quality and safety of their products. Would
Dietrich listen to them? If not, he's a bonehead and sounds like
they're stuck with him, either way."
Editor's note: It should be noted that that the Community Garden
is not allowed for commercial use and the reader is only stating
that there are professionals to talk with that could advise the
best sources of water.
"Next they will want a camera in there
because angry taxpayers will want to help themselves to some of the
veggies that they help cultivate with the monthly water supply."
"I am all for a community garden, but don't make me pay for a
hobby that seems to be a endless money pit to the taxpayers."
"I agree, a water main to nowhere is pointless. I suspect that
over time, 25 subscribers will be a wishful number. Most do-good
projects like this are eventually deserted. As Mr. Dietrich
endures the dehabilitations of increased age, do you really
suppose that his children or any of the "new" generation have any
desire to dirty their hands in a community garden? Seeing the new
youth, as charming as they may be, I'm inclined to doubt any
interest in a community garden by the next generation. Simply look
around at all the social groups, from garden clubs to hound hunts
and even country club memberships. Everywhere it's grey hairs,
canes and declining memberships. Youth is off in the corners
texting and playing on their electronic devices."
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