Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Desperate Plea to Nassau County Residents

With August 1st nearing, this blogger would like the opportunity to share his thoughts on the arena debate.

Everyone knew there would be multiple opinions, different sides of the spectrum. Everyone knew there would be proponents and opponents. And, as was to be expected, the issue quickly became a political one.

But I'm not here to talk about politics or taxes, Democrats or Republicans (There's a fantastic article over at Lighthouse Hockey on that aspect of the campaign).

I'm here to talk about Nassau County, the place I've called home for 15 years now, the place where I'd love nothing more than to, one day, raise a family of my own.

As a young kid, I used to go to Nassau Coliseum to dream. And sure, the team stunk at the time, they wore the "fish sticks" jerseys, the whole to do.

But none of that mattered, because, as far as I was concerned, I got to see these players skate, shoot and pass better than I had ever seen in my entire life. I was six years old and had only been playing hockey for 15 months.

Nassau Coliseum is a special place for anyone who has childhood memories there, whether it's because you had the chance to witness the Islanders during the glory years, or because you went to the circus or an on-ice show.

By voting "No," you're essentially saying that it's okay to deprive Nassau County residents of something that, quite frankly, has an emotional attachement to the community.

If you vote "No," the next generation won't be so fortunate. They won't have those memories we so cherish. The Coliseum has been a centerpiece for so long, and yet, when it's time for us to return the favor, we've got better things to do.

These times are incredibly challenging, but in all honesty, there are no magic carpet rides out of this recession. If we want a better future, both economically and symbolically, we have to invest in that future.

And how about the next generation? Do you really think they're going to stay in Nassau County if/when things get worse, and with no light at the end of the tunnel?

What's keeping us here, Eisenhower Park? Roosevelt Field?

August 1st, 2011 will be one of the most significant days in the history of this area. It's a day that we'll either look back upon as the time we decided to turn things around, jump-starting our economy and assuring a promising future, or, it'll be the day we decided (some willingly, others inadvertently) to throw Nassau County in the trash .

The choice is yours, and I can only hope you'll make the right one.

Comments are welcome.


Jess Rubenstein said...

People of Nassau County it really is not hard.

Building an arena creates jobs which means people will have money to spend. When they spend that money then other people get jobs so they too will have money to spend.

Every time 1 dollar is earned by a job then it get spent several times over each time helping to fund things like schools, police and fire.

Vote no and you lose more than the Islanders, you lose all the other events that came to the arena. You lose the money spent by people who attended events in that building.

You lose jobs that will not come back.

It is more than just hockey people it is about helping get the economy in the area a jumpstart

Daniel Friedman said...

Couldn't agree more. This is about far more than just hockey, but people read and hear what they want to.

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