I am writing in response to Mr. James Smith’s commentary about the “voices of ‘true taxpayers’ diluted in Carmel.” If only landowners should have a say in our elections, why stop there? We should also go back to the days when only white males could vote, too. Really, what do the rest of us know anyhow?
The fact is “transient apartment dwellers,” as he put it, have every right to vote and to have a say. To deny that is voter suppression. Carmel is now a destination for people from all walks of life, not just conservatives, not just landowners. And those people have a voice, too.
I am a Democratic landowner. I am gainfully employed. I have a master’s degree in education. And I believe Carmel will continue to flourish because it’s becoming more diverse. “Seeds of ruin” are not growing slowly as Mr. Smith said. Rather, seeds of change are blossoming and growing, and I am proud to be part of the process.
Emmi Perrin, Carmel