Haves and have nots


To the Editor:

I enjoyed reading about Marty Homlish as the fourth subject [Summer People: Marty Homlish, August 3] of your Summer People series. As a year-round resident for many years, I have long admired the tremendous contributions many of our summer neighbors have made to our Island, both financially and personally, in terms of their time and talents.

I have to say though that I had not read the entire introduction to the series until this week and in doing so I was taken aback. When you describe some of the subjects as “prominent and extraordinarily accomplished” while others whose lives are “less exalted,” I feel that by saying this you are unintentionally making a value judgement about people who perhaps make less money, have a less impressive job, etc., while they may be individuals that volunteer and contribute a great deal to their communities and families.

In this time, where it seems that politicians are trying to divide and conquer by pitting rich against poor, the haves against the have-nots, I really wish we could all just begin to judge each other by our character and actions versus the size of our wallets and houses. At the end of the day, that’s really all that matters. I hope you will take this critique in the spirit in which it is offered.

Jean Kelleher

West Tisbury