The Good Old Days

To the Editor:

Thirty years ago when my family and I moved here the town of Manchester was a beautiful, warm, friendly and cozy town like every New England town was. I know that times change and nothing ever is the same, but give me a break. The stores are closing and people cannot find jobs. The rich are getting richer and the poor workers are out on the street. There is something very strange going on especially when the Sirloin Saloon closes in the blink of an eye. Everyone misses that place as it was where you were able to go for a terrific meal at an affordable price. I am sure that people remember the meals that the restaurant served while lowering their prices when people were having financial problems. That is pure community, and yes, pure New England. In its place the owner of the property put up an ugly huge glass structure that only someone with clout would be able to get permission to do. It defaces the entire town and takes away that country look.

There is also another problem and that was the Panda Pavilion which by the way had the best food I have ever had and that is coming from a city person who has eaten in China town in New York City. The food was fresh and delicious and very clean. Now that all of the restaurants have been thrown out where do we go to eat? Did the rich and famous forget that there are tourists that come here and yes they have to eat.

When I heard of the Panda closing I told everyone that some big corporation will be coming here and that sounds very fishy to me. In that same spot Price Chopper wanted to build and that was a no-no. How very interesting. It is obvious that the board and the people that are running the town are doing this not for the good of the people but for the good of a very few influential people.

It is very sad what is happening to this entire state. There are drug issues and ugly issues. I have no idea which is worse but they have ruined a very beautiful country state and now I know why thirty years ago when I came here the locals were against city people. They have taken over and not for the good of the towns or the state but for the good of their wallets. They must be stopped.

Barbara Siegal



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