Hawn: Letter writers miss point of SCW, pandemic

Posted 10/14/20

Appearing on the same opinion pages as my published letter in the Oct. 7 issue of the Sun City West Independent were two letters that “bothered” me, for want of a stronger word. All three were about the same length — rather long.

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Hawn: Letter writers miss point of SCW, pandemic

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Appearing on the same opinion pages as my published letter in the Oct. 7 issue of the Sun City West Independent were two letters that “bothered” me, for want of a stronger word. All three were about the same length — rather long.

The first, written by Laura Krause, a 60-year-old Sun City West resident, described herself as considerably younger and more active than most wealthy seniors living in the community. She expressed wide-ranging complaints about everything offered here, from golf courses being “big, flat fields that all look the same” to clubhouses being “a joke.”

Her only positive comment was about Vistancia, which is “beautiful.” I pondered after rereading this, wondering how I might respond. Fortunately, I now have a new wife who almost never fails to speak her mind.

“Just tell her,” Mary Beth said, “I’ll help pack for her move to Vistancia.”

The second letter, written by another woman, Linda S. Flathau, was “one of many” who previously wrote to the Governing Board, also giving their reasons for requesting an assessment refund because of facilities closures due to COVID-19.

Her letter, she stated in her article, was “well constructed and courteously written...but to no avail.”

There was more. She contacted her insurance company and received a “small refund” to compensate for the closures.    

I simply cannot imagine someone seeking “just a small refund of $75 or $50 or even just $25” because she felt “it was just the ‘right’ thing to do” in the face of this horrible pandemic.

Considering more than 210,000 people have died, leaving thousands of mourners who’ve lost loved ones, I would hope the letter writer would have had second thoughts about requesting a refund.

Jack Hawn

Sun City West

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