To the Editor:
Once upon a time in the city of Warwick, they built railroad station, then they built a people mover to connect to a near-by airport at an expense of about $260 million. Not very many trains came and not many people were moving, so they decided to extend the runway at the airport at a cost of $165 million more in order to bring in bigger planes that could go all the way to California without stopping.
Then a miracle happened, trains from all over New England came to the railroad station, even as far away as Wickford. The people mover got so busy they had to put a tollbooth on it.
Thousands of people came here from California and bought up all the foreclosed mortgages in the city and the mayor was so elated, he announced that there would be no tax increase this year and he was doing away with the car tax, and all the people in Warwick lived happily ever after.
Fairy tales always start with “Once upon a time” and end with “Happily ever after.” Not even a child would believe this one. This stupid idea of “Build it and they will come” HAS TO STOP.
Robert De Vey