And, with the recent departure of the Holiday Road Light Show — after proposals in both Ferrysburg and Grand Haven — it’s hard to disagree with that sentiment.
Part of the issue is that some people don’t want to be inconvenienced. They want the shoreline for themselves, without hordes of tourists. They want the best parking spot for the beach. They don’t want detoured streets.
And a whole string of traffic funneled into the city for holiday lights? No thanks.
Some of these folks simply don’t want change. Change can be more frightening than a supercharged zombie in “World War Z,” and especially to those who are used to a certain pace of life.
Another issue is fear of lawsuits. Would the Ski Bowl, for instance, come into creation if proposed today? After the lawsuit at Duncan Woods over a sledding death? Likely not.
Those three things — the fear of inconvenience, change and lawsuits — could be the trifecta of wet blankets.
But then there’s the support and cost factors thrown into the mix.
For example, the Produce Giveaway — which for years has been handing out up to 100,000 pounds of food to people in our community — won’t happen this year. This was yet another great event that makes the Tri-Cities a wonderful place in which to live.
Organizer Don Armstrong should be applauded for his years of service in bringing this about, and we understand why he decided it couldn’t be done this year. The reason? Not enough support from companies and organizations, as well as the rising cost of food.
Similarly, the folks who put on the Holiday Road Light Show did it as an all-volunteer effort. They even gave any proceeds to the Special Olympics. But they were shot down, and the light show sold to another business district that, ironically, plans to use the set-up to attract customers to their stores during the holiday season.
There are a whole lot of people in this community who give of themselves day after day, and we thank them for their service to others. But, unfortunately, they’re up against a wall of naysayers.
Imagine if this community said yes. Yes to new ideas. Yes to concepts that could make us a better place. Yes to the volunteer efforts of so many.
What a wonderful place that would be.
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