Editors, Vineyard Gazette:
Regarding “Always at the Helm, Joe Cressy’s Legacy Unites May 27, 2011.”
I could never take Joe Cressy’s place, but
I can offer what I am. Not the hail fellow
well met Joe sounded from his memorial
article but an honest environmentalist and
dreamer who believes in what
is right and will love Chappaquidick
like I love America.
I’d like to send this and
move there, but I never will.
I visited several times in the
1980s but didn’t get over to
Chappy. I took the paper not long
ago and saw the article. It made me
wish I had led a life like Joe’s.
“assigned” a life for lack
of a better word. We decide some things but not
our most basic temperments. And others.
I’m going to subscribe to the Vineyard Gazette
again and send the letter.
I guess my place is here
feeding feral cats, food shopping —
reading, writing, listening to
the radio and
caring about the Vineyard,
the world and Chappaquidick
from afar. I saved
the paper to wrap
coffee grounds in
and when I picked it
up I saw Always at the Helm,
Joe Cressy’s Legacy
Unites. Some unions
are late and
not the way you would think.
Bonnie Todd Green, Atlanta, Ga.