The Martha’s Vineyard Times has been running a summer series on various individuals that make the island their home in the summer. It is titled “Summer People“. To follow is a Letter to the Editor I sent upon reading the 4th in the series. It seems to have struck a chord with a lot of people. I thought therefore that it might be worth putting it here in my blog in the hopes of getting other people’s impression of the issue I had raised and the perception that I feel it had left.
“Summer People, a weekly MVTIMES series, whose goal is to introduce readers to their summer neighbors, some of them prominent and extraordinarily accomplished,some whose lives are less exalted, all of them Islanders in their own ways. How do they describe their connections to the Vineyard and their seasonal Island neighbors? How do they describe their off-Island lives?”
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- 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 would love to hear your thoughts on just what type of impression the introduction set in your mind but would also encourage you to read the series to get a full appreciation for the people who do fall in love with our island and choose to call it home whether for only a few weeks/months or full time. http://www.mvtimes.com/2012/08/01/summer-people-marty-homlish-11765/