Editor's note: The following letter was received in response to the March 22 post by Roger MacBride in his Alms Matters Blog entitled, "Housing controversy in Yarmouth".
In regard to Mr. MacBride's outrageous column regarding the building of elderly housing on Forest Road, I am curious what Mr. MacBride would have these elderly individuals do if they are in need of affordable housing. Given that he feels Yarmouth has no moral responsibility to assist in providing housing, perhaps he would be satisfied in putting our senior residents on an ice floe and let them float out to sea or in the words of Marie Antoinette, " if they don't have bread, well let them eat cake".
But I do have to give Mr. MacBride credit for one thing. He is upfront about his complete lack of compassion and utter contempt for those who have less than he.
I trust that the residents of Yarmouth will recognize the potential residents of any senior housing to be none other than their mothers, fathers, aunts, and uncles and possibly themselves at some future time. Mr. MacBride apparently measures a man's worth in dollars but I have to hope that the rest of the town has more respect for the value and dignity of their fellow citizens.
Broadalbin, New York
(Formerly a commissioner of the Yarmouth Housing Authority)