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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."
posted February 9, 2009
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.
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Opinion Column referred to can be found here.
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