When the Government Claims All the Jewels
Another bond on the ballot today would have cash-strapped Rhode Islanders agree to take on more debt to buy waterfront land. Barbara Polichetti’s Providence Journal article sounds almost parodicly like a sales pitch:
And it’s hard to find anyone who disagrees.
Clearly, she didn’t look very hard.
Michael Sullivan, director of the state Department of Environmental Management, has called the three spots “three jewels” and said the bond offers citizens a rare opportunity to preserve key pieces of the state’s coastline.
Call now for this limited-time offer, and the government will throw in repairs at Fort Adams absolutely free (to the advocates who are requesting the money and the politicians who are backing them).
Personally, I find the rationale suspicious:
[Head of the Bay Co-Chair David] Riley and members of his group say they have looked up and down the New England coast and found that the India Point spot, with its view of the Bay, can be likened to other waterfront locations that have been transformed into popular tourist spots.
The possibilities for the bayside spot are virtually endless, he said, and could even include a seasonal farmer’s market with pushcarts.
If the spot is so desirable, with such limitless possibilities, why is it necessary for Rhode Islanders to buy it (presumably from a private party who currently owns it) so as to give folks like Mr. Riley the say-so about its usage? Farmer push carts? Really?
I’ll be voting “no” on this one. Ms. Polichetti should feel free to give me a call if she writes a follow-up article.