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Letter: Hold Your Applause

West Hempsteaders gave a warm welcome to Town Supervisor Kate Murray at the recent annual meeting of the civic association.

Granted, we are a cordial bunch, but I must confess, this generous reception was much more than a polite courtesy.

“Peace has broken out in West Hempstead.” Applause.

“The Town Board has approved the site plan for the Trammell-Crowe project.” Applause.

“The Town is actively pursuing redevelopment of the seven acres surrounding the Courtesy Hotel, under the Town’s Urban Renewal Plan.” Applause.

“We’re freezing Town taxes in 2010.” Applause.

Okay. So maybe we were just being nice.

After all, blatant deceit and ensuing years of delay on a multitude of fronts, accompanied by Supervisor Murray’s intractable inaction and deliberate obstruction, have blighted the landscape, and had a most devastating impact upon our community, its growth, and its psyche.

All of which leads me to wonder; do you think that the Romans, together with their friends and countrymen, lent their applause to Emperor Nero as he fiddled while Rome burned?

Seth D. Bykofsky

West Hempstead

(The writer, a longtime community advocate, is a former president of the West Hempstead Civic Association.)