Letter: Why Simon story was news
It is surprising to me that Michael Shea would write a letter to the editor expressing confusion about the Post Independent reporting Bren Simon as a large, local property owner in Carbondale. It was news to me, and I bet it was news to others as well.
Who wants to close their eyes to the true ownership of our towns’ real estate? Though we like to imagine our area to be less owned and controlled by moneyed interests, it can be an eye-opener to see the tentacles of the 1 percent extended into our lives. This is the job of the press. They are in the business of drawing back the curtain.
Also, many call the meetings that are referred to by Mr. Shea’s letter as “mind-numbing.” Democracy. These meetings are another, unselfish, way to have ownership in a community, just in case you don’t own a piece of the town.
Please don’t attribute positive motives to Ms. Simon for her purchases in “a dark economic time.” I’m sure it was a solid, safe place to put her money, not an altruistic investment to help the town. I wonder if she made any of those donations, thereafter, that weren’t a dollar-for-dollar tax write-off.
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