So I received a Facebook message today from a group called “Save Mahopac!” The above video was attached.
It seems the residents of my former hometown are very nervous about developers moving in and tearing down the trees and bushes and nature of a truly beautiful piece of New York. Or, to quote the message, “The Carmel/Mahopac area is becoming extremely overdeveloped, we need to invest our money wisely and consider the consequences of our actions!!” They’re even holding a November 17 meeting at Carmel Town Hall to discuss “Paul Camarada’s Union Place development project”—which the group is definitely not in favor of.
Ah, friggin’ irony. I actually agree with these folks—Mahopac and Carmel are gorgeous, and to start laying down Best Buys and Walmarts and the such would be a shame. And yet, about 80 percent of Mahopac and Carmel residents vote Republican, and staunchly so. They want government out of our lives. They believe in personal responsibility. They crave less regulation. For the people, by the people …
Except, ahem, when it doesn’t suit them. When a large company wants to take over, oh, Gary, Indiana or San Franciso or Tampa or anywhere but Mahopac/Carmel, it’s fine and dandy. But now that someone seeks to legally build on their turf, they cry for intervention. Ludicrous. Sad. Pathetic.
Again, I want Mahopac to stay Mahopac. I want someone to step in and stop this sort of construction.
But at least I’m consistent.