12/28/2005: "We defined "Friend", and a "Bigot" is?"
Way to go Scott Bell!
You've figured them out. (Scott Bell Letter: Can You Define "Friend") I say, if you give "them" a place at the table, we put "them" on the ballot of the next general election. These "friends" protect us against ourselves when it's politically expedient; like guest houses. "People who build guest houses are ruining the rural character of our island and contributing to urban sprawl". Sounds good, besides people who want to build guest houses are "the wealthy ones".
But try to get them on your side about the "Cluster Housing Rule" which allows developers to re-zone property in order to build high-density housing projects (8 homes on 5 acres) in the midst of property zoned Rural Farm Forest (low density, 1 home per 5 acres), they politely refuse to even consider the impact on wet lands, drainage, a 24 bedroom septic system, impact on water aquifers, traffic, etc and in general, using this land designation for purposes never intended by those who established these designations years ago. "Urban Sprawl" in the name of diversity is ok to these eco-sensitive snots.
The Friends of the San Juans would take great umbrage If you referred to them as "bigots". Consider the American Heritage Dictionary definition of the word... Bigot: "One who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ". Fits these guys to a tee.