The following letter was submitted to LongmeadowBuzz by Marjorie Morgan, Longmeadow Resident
-------------------------------------------------------I have had the opportunity to see the list of people who signed the petition opposing Bliss Park as the location of a new senior center. I read carefully the "facts" and objections. Some are legitimate concerns, and other "facts" were so far off base as to be worthy of the most convoluted conspiracy.
Many who signed are clustered near or abutting the park. In checking the current voting list it could be said many of these folks are professionally and financially well off. Their professions indicate a secure economic status. We could guess that many belong to the Field Club or the Longmeadow Country Club. They probably attend the Symphony, and go to Stage West
It is true that a well programmed senior center with adequate space and resources is used by all economic groups. However, for many in our community the options are not so broad.
Seniors may be limited by finances. Many are not able to travel. Some are isolated by physical limitations and building accessibility. Some cannot attend events that are not handicapped friendly. Travel is sometimes limited to bus availability. Some seniors can no longer prepare a meal so come to the center for the noon meal and sociability. They rely on the Senior Center!
This group of seniors does not have the VOICE that Save Bliss Park has. They cannot purchase signs, or stand on corners or attend night meetings. Many are not yet computer literate. This group of Longmeadow citizens are relying on a small committee and a positive town vote to make it happen.
Please get the FACTS. Look at the small footprint and IMAGINE a place for seniors as well as gym and community rooms for everyone. IMAGINE a rest room available. IMAGINE new trees,
and IMAGINE Longmeadow being supportive of ALL their citizens!
Marjorie Morgan/ Longmeadow Resident