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Letter: Stop the Insanity

Months ago, the rezoning and sale of the Courtesy Hotel was approved, sights set on razing the structure and rebuilding this cornerstone of our community. Today, the infamous hotel remains open for business, and there’s not a wrecking ball in sight.

What gives?

At Hall’s Pond, where once a park flourished, witness a bubbling cauldron of decaying debris, surrounded by a field of weeds, cracked asphalt, and broken fences.

This is our environmental bond money at work?

And then there’s Hempstead Turnpike, where the only “signs” of new life are the election placards, themselves eyesores, that hang on fences cordoning off abandoned properties.

Is this the new suburbia we’ve heard so much about?

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing, the same way, over and over again, and expecting a different result. Much like the way we elect the same people, with the same promises, to the same jobs, year after year after year, somehow anticipating a different outcome.

Shame on them for the broken promises, the myopic vision, the failure of leadership, the inability to get the job done – or even started. Shame on us for returning to office those who have, time and time again, let this community down.

You don’t have to be an Einstein to know it’s time, at long last, to stop the insanity!

Seth D. Bykofsky

West Hempstead