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A Family In Need Indeed


Dear Editor,

There is a family in need in this town and it is the Fredericks/Murphy family. But based on Mr. Murphy's 'editor's notes' the only help we can all give them is our prayers. They are not interested in the greater good.

But I would like to know where Ms. Fredericks gets off calling me a stiff and accusing me of some form of nepotism. I will agree whole-heartedly that I am one of the luckiest people in the world having been picked in the lottery. I had been on that list for 10 years always thinking it was a faraway dream.

I fell in love with the East End nearly 20 years ago while working a summer job. Since then, I have worked hard often juggling two jobs just to afford my rent and utilities as a single person. Had I been in a position (which I was not) of saving even $10,000 a year, I still would never have been able to buy a house here at any time.

It is so great that the Fredericks/Murphys were able to buy an $800,000 home. They should be proud and enjoy it. This affordable house I just bought and spent every last penny of saving on might as well be an $800,000 house. I am thrilled having it even though it will be a long time before I will be able to do any landscaping or even think of a pool. Why aren't you in your backyard enjoying your pool and the birds and the trees instead of pointing fingers and insulting people you have never met? Karen is obviously not getting that we (the affordable housing stiffs) will never realize a profit on our houses. We are committed to selling them back to the town should we decide to move. And that is the way it should be so that the affordable housing project will live on despite the elitism bug that seems to have bitten some of our neighbors.

Karen you yourself refer to the lot in question as substandard. I am assuming that someone like you would never think of buying it. Then why not offer it to another buyer in this case to the town (I hardly think they could force anyone to sell that did not want to) who is sponsoring a program that will keep this little gem of a resort alive and well. I am sorry that the town is not helping you move to Lily Pond Land. And if they offered, would you have to go and face insults of like people who did not want your $800,000 house in their million dollar neighborhood? I think not.

I simply cannot believe what I am reading in response to this program aimed to help our neighbors and therefore ourselves. All the individuals I know of who have benefited from this program are hardworking, decent people who are good neighbors. It is possible that you may be in need of that good neighbor in the affordable house one day. And I bet, despite your insults and unkindness, they would assist you in the event of a fire, an accident, or a prowler stalking your house while you are away. Shame on you both!

Your husband has requested information about us "stiffs." I would like to take it a bit further and give you my phone number. Call me. I would love to have you over for dinner one evening so you can see something you clearly do not understand. We may even have some friends in common.

Editor's Note: Dear Ms. Barrett,

Your assumption is wrong. The town wouldn't let anyone buy the lot: it TOOK the lot from its rightful owner, who was a hard-working local person just like you. Then the town tried to force him to take far less money than the lot was worth. You need to understand what's going down here: the town isn't doing anything noble; it's bullying holders of substandard lots into selling for a fraction of the real worth by stopping them from going through the process of acquiring contingent lots the process established by the town itself.

Yes, you are "lucky" so are the 10 others who received houses. The people who were rooked out of their lots, however, aren't so lucky, and that is the crux of the problem. Why should the town take land from someone else to give away? Was the owner of this lot any less hard working than you? Didn't he have a dream of someday building on his lot, a dream that was shattered by the town? Would you like to have dinner at his house and explain how it came to be somebody else lives on his lot? In this case, that wouldn't work: the lot owner died during the condemnation proceedings the town brought against him, and he never got to build that house because the town gave his land away. Think about it.

Ann Marie Barrett
July 05, 2006

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