Years ago, when I was a scout at summer camp, I can recall going down to the well to get a bucket of water. The well had an old hand pump and a small bucket beside it containing a couple of quarts of water.
The procedure was to pour a couple of quarts into the pump to prime it, then pump away until it started delivering water. When it started flowing, you first refilled the priming container, then pumped your water. Once the priming was done, you could pump an unlimited amount of water from the well without pouring any more into it.
That’s what the Friends hope to accomplish here. Copious amounts of cash for an investment of $750,000. They’ve moved the handle up and down in the past, but nothing has come out. Now they think that by priming it, the flood will start.
I haven’t written any letters to the paper lately. The backlash of personal attack was overwhelming the last time. Thankfully, there were some thoughtful letters by others:
- I like the notion of telling the Friends, flush with cash, to make us an offer and buy the place. Works for me.
- A prior Selectman wrote to say that the key is voter turnout. She stopped short of saying to vote no on Article 7, instead pointing out other high priority things that we should consider before borrowing another $4 million for 20 years.
- And then there’s Bucky, who says let’s move on and spend the money on new infrastructure.
All good advice, because once that pump is primed, they will never stop moving the handle up and down.