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Editor:
This letter is in response to a letter published in your March 31 issue of the Beacon titled “Residents take back their town.”(View related) I am also a Treasure Island resident and I take exception to several of the comments made by the author of “Residents take back their town.”

To begin with how anyone dare say that fellow residents feel that they are too busy to vote more than once a year. Our right to vote was paid for by the blood of countless fellow Americans from Lexington and Concord to the Sunni Triangle. Cemeteries around the world are the final resting place for brave Americans who were not too busy to lay down their lives for this great nation. How can anyone be too busy to vote?

The letter’s author goes on to spew hatred and mistrust toward developers. Unless the author is living in a grass hut his home was built by, that’s right, a developer. Unless the author

of that letter lives alone on a deserted island the neighborhood he lives in was built by, that’s right, a developer. In fact, the Treasure Island that the author purports to love so much was named and built by developers who staged the finding of buried treasure in order to attract visitors. There are dishonest and unscrupulous developers but to take an obstructionist’s view of all developers is unfair.

Treasure Island is 50 years old with many of its structures having been around even longer and in need of replacement. Instead of fighting developers at every turn we, as a community, should be working with developers to ensure they build developments that are a benefit to the community not a detriment.

Treasure Island is still broken into two groups. Those who are living in the past and refuse to listen or work with anyone who disagrees with them and those of us who are open-minded and are willing to compromise in order to make Treasure Island an even better place to live. We need to stop the rhetoric and start working together.

Gary Becker
Treasure Island
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