The Gazette uses a dramatic pull quote in today's one-sided, front page article about the evil BIG BAD town government making life sooooooo hard for "property managers and renters alike."
Of course they fail to mention the two property managers are also occasional advertisers.
"But why are you punishing the many for the sins of the few?" asks Pat Kamins of Kamins Real Estate.
Perhaps Commander Spock with his dying declaration had the best answer: "The needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few." Especially when the few profit greatly at the expense of the many.
The Gazette quotes a couple of renters criticizing the proposed residential rental property bylaw; but neither of them are college students, a demographic that makes up 59.4% of the town's population, and the ones most preyed upon by slumlords.
The sad saga of the attempted cover up at Hobart Lane by a major player in the Amherst rental industry should stand as a testament to why the free market sometimes needs government regulation.
Yes, it's a very small percentage of landlords who cause problems for the entire industry. Just as it's a small percentage of party hardy immature college kids who ruin the image for the vast majority of students who are hard working, law abiding, future titans of America.
Pat Kamins, center. Amherst Town Manager John Musante, right