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DKG, I am the realtor in the Florida panhandle that was interviewed for this article. I'm not angered by your comment. I'm sadded because there are judgemental and discompassionate people like you in the world. I'm not a used car salesman. I was a pharmacist for 20 years, 13 of those years as a white collar drug investigator protecting people like you from counterfeit prescription drugs. I have been qualified as an expert witness in state and federal courts (both civil and criminal). I became a realtor and opened a real estate brokerage in the Florida panhandle about 6-7 years ago because I tired of fighting the system to do my job. I assure you that I'm not selling real estate because I'm too stupid to do anything else. I made the choice to exclusively represent buyers because there are often inherent conflicts in representing both sides of a real estate transaction and I pride myself on my integrity. I can provide many references of buyers whom I've advised NOT to purchase a property.
Your profiling of all realtors as ambulance chasers is simply inaccurate and I suspect that your real estate holdings are rather small since most people investing a lot of money in real estate wouldn't buy without a professional.
There are dead dolphins washing up on shore, numerous suffering seabirds and our beautiful landscape has been raped by greed. I simply can't comprehend people who aren't saddened by what has happened in the gulf. Many spiritual leaders believe that this disaster will result in mankind returning to compassion for all living things as well as a respect for the environment but comments such as yours tend to disprove that theory.
My loss of income (and that of the people that work so hard for me) is as real as fishermen and oil workers. Hard working people are going broke over this. I cry almost daily over what has happened here and I would cancel my claim in a minute if I could stop the suffering of the people and animals up here and the destruction of the beach that I love.
BP is giving everyone they have hurt the runaround. They have come into our Gulf and irresponsibly put our entire coast at risk and they are doing nothing but lying about what is going on and making idle promises of making it right. And our government isn't doing anything meaningful to help. Before you speak, maybe you should come up here and help us clean this poison off of our beaches.
And before you say more about what you don't know, I don't eat meat or fish, I grow my own vegetables and I ride my bicycle more than I use my car. I minimize my use of plastic and I volunteer my time and money to many causes even though I'm not even close to being well off. I'm doing what I can to leave a planet for our children. How bout you?
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