We should probably face it, that is pretty much all that is on their minds these days. Considerations of the kinds of long green to be made in a real estate deal such as this one may become an obsession, and for a lot of people. It could take over your life, actually. That is, if you were to allow it.
This particular letter deals with a community outreach meeting that was apparently held there recently. No date is given for the soiree, so it is hard to place this into any context that we know about. Just that it happened "recently," and perhaps nobody you know actually went to it.
But this is not to say I don't think it actually happened, it's just that there is no corroborating evidence from anybody that I have heard from. No news of that sort has been sent to The Tattler.
I guess the most surprising claim found in this letter is that 20 people showed up. Until now such gatherings had not attracted that many folks. There is also the claim that "many attending signed statements of support." Out of 20 attendees, what would constitute "many?" When you consider that Father Higgins also admits that many didn't sign, the exact breakdown becomes problematic.
Was it 12 against, 8 for? 10 versus 10? When you are talking so small a neighborhood sampling, exact breakdowns can seem meagre and a bit absurd.
However, getting names on paper does seem to be a thing of great importance for Father Higgins and those others. Folks who would like to realize a nice big payday by turning much of the monastery's grounds into a McDevelopment.
"Natural open spaces to serve wildlife" and other such diversionary happy talk included.
Also contained in this mailing is the following attempt to obtain more information about those living in the area and how they may feel about having so large and disruptive a project in the area.
Though, of course, the prospect of years of heavy truck traffic, deafening daily noise and constant dust was not discussed here. Probably because that would not help them in creating the illusion of an increasing community consensus favoring the McDevelopment they are attempting to build here.
All that plus the proverbial self-addressed stamped envelope. When is the last time you've seen one of those?
You might want to think twice before answering. That is, unless you actually support a 50 house development project at Mater Dolorosa and wouldn't mind seeing your name included on a list with those favoring such a thing.
After all, you never can tell how things such as this will be used.