August 28, 2008 · Updated 5:42 PM
I don't know who Steve Stav is, or more specifically if he has a personal vendetta against Cindy Huleatt, the theater manager of the Byrnes Performing Arts Center.
I do know that in our family, we do as our parents taught us which is to roll up our sleeves and pitch in when we see something in our community that needs improving. When I was considering a move here, 15 years ago, I discussed my concerns with living in Arlington with a colleague who was raised here. I wasn't sure about the culture of the town or the emphasis on sports rather than art. She looked straight at me and said, "But you could make it better." That's all it took. We moved here shortly after.
It's not that I necessarily disagree with Mr. Stav, I only object to the way he went about it. In fact, I was surprised to read at the bottom of his letter that he was married to an Arlington native. I would think that she would have gently reminded him that an informal approach is more effective here, rather than a public chastising. For example, he could have invited Cindy out for a cup of coffee and said, "Have you ever thought of..."
Cindy, if you're reading this, I think you are doing a terrific job and I appreciate the years of hard work you, and others, put in to get the PAC built.
Mr. Stav, if you are reading this, I'd like to invite you out for a cup of coffee. I prefer the Bluebird on Super Saturday.