As a ‘senior’ resident of Orange, and a long-time resident besides, I strongly oppose the proposition from Jim Zeoli that we borrow $8.5 million and purchase the Racebrook golf course.
At this time in my life, I have had to trim my sails considerably, not just because I live on a more modest income with no job prospects, but because I would like to pass along a little something to my children, so they have an easier time raising their children.
These are uncertain — some would say perilous — economic times, and I don’t believe going out on a limb to the tune of $8.5 million is prudent while there’s still so much upheaval and unpredictability at every turn.
Furthermore, this proposition — should it be approved — would not ever even benefit me or the vast majority of other Orange residents. Borrowing such a whopping sum would simply perpetuate a teetering business that does not open to retail customers. It is and would remain only available to those who golf.
I would much sooner see town leaders trim their sails and let the rest of us decide how to spend our money — hard-earned money they want us to pony up to buy this golf course.
Walter S. Hine