‘Seasonal tourist’ slammed for letter about Ridley Hall
I would like to comment on a letter to the editor published in the March 29 edition of The Compass headlined “Harbour Grace becoming a suburb of Carbonear?
In it, Rhonda Parsons asked, “ Would you take a rotten piece of meat and sandwich it between two pieces of bread?”
What is it about part-time CFA’s thinking they have the right to interfere or even comment about our local situations? How dare this part-time, seasonal visitor to our beautiful town make such a nasty comment. What business is it of this seasonal tourist if those elected by us make decisions concerning our buildings?
Yes, Ms. Parsons may spend a lot of time here, but it is seasonal, and I’m guessing in the summer. And before she starts making insulting
comments about our town or any private dwellings, I suggest she live here for at least six months; then and maybe then she’d have the right to flap her gums. A lot has been said and printed about Ridley Hall. Most of us know the history and don’t need the lesson. It’s a privately owned building and right now it’s not only an eyesore but a dangerous one. Maybe if Ms. Parsons is willing to cough up her seasonal vacation money the owners of this property might do some restoration. In the meantime, please stay out of our affairs.
We have a good mayor and town Council, voted in to make decisions on our behalf and they are doing a good job. I you wish to visit our town and province seasonally, please do; it’s a wonderful place. But kindly keep your insults to yourself. If it’s that rotten here in the middle maybe you should make your seasonal visits on one of the other slices.
It’s great to want to preserve the past, but be realistic. It costs money and personally I’d rather see a building demolished than see a small child or adult crushed by a falling wall, or falling into a hole because of rotted boards, especially when the property is privately owned and over which the town has no control. What would you prefer?
Ken Haire Harbour Grace