This morning, Nisa Counter and Ben Ramsey released this letter to their friends and supporters. That includes the many people who’ve been following their story on this blog. You know I’ve got a few things to say about it all, but I’ll save them till tomorrow.
Ben and I would like to sincerely thank all the people who took time out of their busy lives to get the facts of our land dispute with Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation. We unfortunately have come to a point where we both realize that financially and emotionally we can no longer continue this battle with the newspapers/SMF/lawyers and everyone else with a misguided opinion. The truth is we believe in our claim and in our land; however, $1,000–$2,000 a month for the next five years is not something either one of us can see signing up for, or asking anyone else to help support.
We had our second miscarriage and the toll it has taken on me is not worth it—do I really want to live next to neighbors who dislike us and are mean, unkind people? Do I want to subject my children to those attitudes? We believe we gave it our best fight—sadly SMF knew we wouldn’t be able to afford to continue if they just held their ground.
So Martha’s Vineyard will not be our home. We will be leaving in October, and I will plan to come back periodically to run my fitness business. However, we will sadly say goodbye to our dream of a year-round home here. Our legal defense fund has been closed and the funds have been put toward our current legal debts.
I am grateful for the love and support we have felt, and I forgive those of you who turned your backs—gossiped without knowing the facts, trespassed, or decided your social standing was more important then being our friends. I have decided to keep the Youth Lots vs. Tax Breaks page up on Facebook. Sadly, I know this will happen to someone else again. SMF is a big bully: they have a history of this behavior despite their shady past they will never choose to do the right thing.
So long as greed, ego, and selfishness run this Country/Island we all suffer. May God bless us all. Thank you, everyone, from the bottom of my heart—I love you XO