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Home » Archives » May 2006 » Soll Unaware Of Our County Soul

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05/08/2006: "Soll Unaware Of Our County Soul"


Dear Editor:

I encourage Larry Soll that the next time he weighs in publicly on any topic that strikes his fancy that he will "do the right thing" and preface his comments with an apology for his slurs to the opponents of the Real Estate Excise Tax: specifically to John Evans, to real estate brokers, to builders( and by association sub-contractors and tradesmen ), and to all the other so-called greedy non-caring opponents of his well-intentioned solution to the Affordable Housing dilemma.

Granted, while being only a part-time fair-weather resident Larry Soll has been a very large, enlightened, and charitable contributor towards this particular problem with his donation of land and wine sales at the Farmers Market. I am grateful for his generosity.

It is in sharp contrast to this generosity that his public comments and characterizations towards the opponents of the REET come across as small, ignorant, and cheap.

Most "community-minded" volunteers in this county make their contributions of time and money in private and they perform these not-so random acts of kindness humbly and quietly. It isn't difficult, however, to discover who these people are and what "wonderful organizations" they embody. Just go to the Fourth of July Parade or Picnic and you will find these people. Enjoy a local marathon or the Children's Festival and you will find these people. Go to a baseball game, tour a boat show, walk through a crafts fairand you will find these people. And they are almost always the same people at every event quite often realtors and builders. They tirelessly and gently raise money for "families (teachers, medical workers, public employees)" and even deserving students by funding scholarships that are earned and not granted. They are true "volunteers", they "have made substantial personal contributions" and "none will benefit personally". I am grateful for their generosity.

All of the above quotes are from a peremptory public notice from Larry Soll that are good examples of the polite rhetoric he uses to describe the "proponents "of the REET.

Here is what he has to say about the opposition:
"motivated by personal greed", "they do not care about our community", "none have given a dime to support private affordable housing efforts", and they "will move on to greener pastures once they have maximized their returns".

Maybe Larry Soll has some singular insight into our island culture that we are all missing. He definitely seems quite sure of himself.

Perhaps a person could spend a little more time here getting to know their neighbors before they comment publicly about people they don't know.

Scott Bell


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