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To the editor:
This week I missed the opportunity to make my case at the Pleasantville Village Court.
I had a one-time chance to explain why I didn't think I should pay a parking ticket. If I'm honest (Lord knows I try to be), I very much doubt I would have succeeded -- the town of Pleasantville, like many others sees parking infringements as a source of revenue, with a damn the consequences attitude.
So let me explain what happened. First, it should be noted that I live in Lewisboro, six maybe seven exits up the Saw Mill. Typically what brings me and members of my family to Pleasantville is an event at the Jacob Burns.
In the course of the past year we have been to seven, perhaps ten events there. We, like many others think it's an absolute jewel. On Monday Dec. 30, just before noon my daughter and I came to watch "The Nutcracker."
Driving into the town I was happy to see the hoods covering the parking meters wishing me Happy Holidays. I duly parked and spent an enjoyable two hours watching the digital transmission of "The Nutcracker." Returning to my car I was surprised to find I had a ticket. There was no explanation, just a demand for $50, doubling every 30 days and a chance to go to Court at 6 p.m. on Jan. 14.
I paid the fine. But the sense of being duped and deceived persists. Was it poor communication on the part of the Town. Or was it a fiendish plot to raise revenue. I can afford to pay, but I feel very strongly that the Jacob Burns Theater (not me) deserves better.
The Town needs to work to bring people in, not keep them out. Anchor tenants like Jacob Burns act as magnets drawing dollars to retailers and restaurants. I for one will think twice before going there again.
I know Ridgefield is building a new theater and lets face it, New York City offers plenty of choices, so maybe I will take my family to them next time. So the message I'm sending is you win. But in the cold light of day, be aware that yours is a pyrrhic victory.
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