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Letter to the Editor

Mt. Vintage resident counters Opinion Column

"If not for Mt. Vintage, these taxes and personal resources would be supporting Aiken County or other developments in other states."

web posted February 9, 2009
Dear Editor,
I just finished reading your "Emperor Has No Clothes" piece, and find your commentary to be one-sided.  I live at Mt. Vintage.  I do not defend any actions taken or avoided by Mt. Vintage, LLC leading up to the current circumstances.  It is unfortunate that some property owners have been delayed in building and/or moving into their homes due to incomplete infrastructure.  They deserve remedies for their incoveniences as do any companies that have been hurt. 
What I find unbalanced about your commentary is your "woe is me" portrayal of damage (inconvenience and financial) to Edgefield County.  Your failure is in not recognizing the amount of money that Mt. Vintage residents contribute to Edgefield County budgets (present and past) through payment of property and personal property taxes, not to mention contributions to Edgefield cultural activities and the community in general.  If not for Mt. Vintage, these taxes and personal resources would be supporting Aiken County or other developments in other states. 

Everything taken together, I would suggest that Edgefield County is still clearly in net plus territory. Your one-sided vendetta against Mr. Bettis Rainsford and Mt. Vintage,LLC  unfortunately casts a negative cloud over most of Mt. Vintage residents who are just trying to enjoy retirement and be good citizens in our chosen community.
Jon Notestein

Editor's note: The Editor's Opinion Column referred to can be found here. 

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