November 24, 2008
Response to Letter to Editor from Hester Weeden I read Ms. Weeden's letter in regard to my letter to the Round Table. It appears that perhaps she may think that Manzi and I had spoke before submitting our letters. I can assure you that I was not aware of Manzi's letter to the editor prior to publication.
It is unfortunate that Hester Weeden continues to redirect her resentment in regard to her dismissal on the planning board. Her anger and resentment continue to cloud her interpretation of any letters or ideas that go against her views. My letter was only to make clear that Bennett College has had numerous groups over the years that have fought any type of development of this property not just the current groups whether they be one person or a group. To compare my letter to the Karl Rove's ideas is such a stretch it just demonstrates Hester's lack of understanding my letter, as well as my political views. Hester may think I am part of the "old" establishment of Millbrook but I am not part of any group or the "old" establishment. I am just a local business person trying to make a living and want to see the community grow for the survival of the businesses in town. Does she really want to see Franklin Ave. as it was after Bennett closed? I would hope not. I believe that as in life things that remain the same and not allowed to grow or change will die. To also state that most of the people were not here decades ago also demonstrates Hester's lack of really reading my letter. It's unfortunate that if you don't agree as in Hester's case that you are wrong. It's just a shame that Hester resents that my opinion differs from hers and has decided to ignore me and not return a hello whenever I see her in the community. It speaks volumes as to a person's integrity and compassion towards another person whether it be me or anyone else. I find it sad for her that this is how she has decided to conduct herself as a human being. Mentioning her daughter's announcement and her problem with the Taconic Press made no sense in the response regarding my letter.
In closing may I add going through life being bitter and resentful is a hard way to live a life. My hope is that this community can come together again and Millbrook will grow and survive as opposed to stagnate and die.