Monday, October 08, 2007

banning the letter P

I read with amusement this "14 Point Plan" in the HP Herald. Given its "Emily Litella-like" quality, this letter or "PLAN" can hardly be taken seriously. Yes, some of THE PLAN echoes NIMBY attitudes, however, it reaches a point where I expect a proposal to ban the letter P from the English language.

On the other hand, I know a few of the co-signees of the McMobil petition, and they are far from being senile crackpots (or self-serving elitists.) In fact, they are seriously committed to the larger community/society via community service and social justice. Recently, one of the signees shared with me, without prompting, that he thought the reference to "excessive blocking of sunlight on nearby homes" was, in his words, "NIMBY" and should not have been included. He also felt that the height restrictions could be reasonably extended beyond 4 stories (however, if the developer wants a variance, which is necessary to build beyond 4-stories, then he will need to play ball.) Furthermore, my friend completely agrees that Doctors' Hospital is not architecturally significant and that a hotel development makes good sense.

Chevy Chase: Weekend Update recognizes its obligation to present responsible opposing viewpoints to our editorials. Here to reply to a recent editorial, is Emily Litella.

Emily Litella: I'm here tonight to speak out against busting schoolchildren. Busting schoolchildren is a terrible, terrible thing. I hear this is going on all over the country. Mean policemen arrest little children and put them in jail in the wrong neighborhood, so they can't even play with their little friends. Imagine, busting schoolchildren! The food in jail isn't good, and even though they get bread, I don't believe they can get toast. Or nice cake. Now, who will tuck them in? Where will they hang their leggings? Where will they set up their little lemonade stands? Well, they don't have toys in jail, except maybe..

Chevy Chase: [ interrupting ] Miss Litella?

Emily Litella: Yes?

Chevy Chase: I'm sorry. The editorial was on bussing schoolchildren. Bussing. Not busting.

Emily Litella: Oh. I'm sorry. Never mind.


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