Opinion

Oh, Comcast, don't you care anymore?

Dear Comcast,

How are you? We are fine. We’re just writing to say that we’ve been thinking of you lately, ever since your last note came in the mail. Not that it was very romantic – you reminded us that we are a month behind on our cable bill – but it was nice to hear from you just the same.

You see, while we may be a little in arrears at this end, you haven’t exactly been living up to your end of the relationship either. You’ve made promises you just haven’t kept, and it’s breaking our little hearts. Let us explain.

It was a little over a year ago – Sept. 9, 2002 (not that we’re counting the days or anything) – that you came to Bainbridge Island on bended knee and promised your undying devotion as our new cable television provider. As a gesture of your

sincerity, you promised to basically give the community the 10 acres of land you own next to Strawberry Hill Park for the development of new youth ball fields. You would lease the property to the park district for 10 years for a nominal amount; if you ever decided to sell the land, you vowed to give the school or park districts the first option to buy it.

You were still calling yourself AT&T Broadband back then – this was mid-merger – but we remember your words like they were yesterday (and not just because we made it a point to write them down): “Once the ball fields are in there, we know that whatever happens to that property in the future, they won’t be taken away to make way for houses,” is what you said, admitting that you kind of wanted to spruce up your public image a bit.

We were very excited at the time; the local newspaper even wrote nice things about you, which is really saying something since they’re the most jaded bunch in town.

But...sigh...that was the last we heard. And now, every time our park board gets together, somebody asks: Whatever happened to AT&T Broadband/Comcast and their promise of land for ball fields? Were they just whispering sweet nothings? Why won’t they return our calls? Don’t they care anymore?

So, Comcast, we have to ask: Where are you? We haven’t heard much from you in months. We know you’re still around somewhere, because we keep seeing your promotional ad with the two computer geeks who try to pick up hotties at a party but get distracted by the digital cable service, and that other ad with the, shall we say, less-than-highly educated family that has a terrible crisis when their satellite dish goes down and they miss an episode of “The Sopranos,” and

wouldn’t they be happier if only they had digital cable, too.

Or maybe that’s it. You’ve been spending a lot of time upgrading your service lines around the island so we can all sign up for digital cable. Maybe you think that once we all have digital cable, we’ll love our televisions so much that we won’t want to go outside and play anymore, so those new ball fields won’t be necessary. But if that’s what you’re thinking, maybe you never really knew us to begin with.

To be fair, we know you’ve been doing some very, very good things for the community, like providing a building and new cameras and stuff for Bainbridge Island Broadcasting. That’s very important to us, and we truly thank you from the bottom of our little hearts. But that just makes us pine all the more for what you promised but haven’t delivered.

Or maybe you’re just really busy. We want to believe you still care, but we sure wish you’d find time to write or call. This long-distance relationship just isn’t working out like we hoped.

Yours truly,

Beautiful Bainbridge Island

P.S. The check is in the mail.

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