Letter: Field fire resolution was like bad TV

Ridgefield police released this photo of the scene at Governor Park following the field fire in April.
Ridgefield police released this photo of the scene at Governor Park following the field fire in April.


To the Editor:
I confess. I watch too many cop shows, read too many mysteries, hear the word “collusion” too many times. When I day dream, sometimes I conjure up movie scenes, bad dialogue and all.
Setting: A corner office. It’s quiet. The American flag flutters outside. A man is browsing through a folder of emails. The intercom rings, he picks up.
We only hear his side of the conversation.
Man: “Hey, how are you? What’s up? Yes, very unfortunate. People in town are extremely upset.. I’m glad no kids were involved but...” [Listening intently].
Man: “Hmmm ... between 30,000 and 60,000. [Listens]. “No, only partially.”
The man listens some more.
Man: “The police are closing in. There are a lot of videos and they’ve narrowed it down.” [Pauses to listen again]. “Yes, They’re very confident....”
He’s interrupted.
Man: “No, they haven’t told me.”
The man squirms, clearly uncomfortable by what he is hearing.
Man: “Not sure that would fly. .... [Listens] Uhhhh ... I appreciate the support but ... there’s a lot of anger out there. I’ve never had more emails or calls about anything before. People are really upset. [Listens] How much? [Listening] “Hmmm. I’ll confer with town council and the chief. Let’s talk late Wednesday, after The Press deadline.”
Video of burning field, superimposed with Facebook commentary.
Setting: It’s Wednesday afternoon. Assistant sticks her head into the corner office.
Assistant: He’s on.
Man: “I pulled it together. An agreement is being drawn up now. Yes, everyone is on board. [Listens] No, it’s sealed. Stop by Friday afternoon to sign the papers. Around 3:30. OK. Bye.”
Narrator:[Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone music plays in the background]. “And so it goes.... another mystery from small town America. Until next time.....”
Fade out.
Jan Rifkinson
New Road, April 29