Dear Art and Lynn,
I am sorry you lost your jobs and will miss seeing you around. You and Lynn have done many positive things for the church while you were there including, but not limited to, your wonderful dinners, getting interest and work done on the organ, participating in special services related to HIV, and participating in regular services on a very regular basis. You also articulated a unique perspective that brought depth and much needed diversity to our congregation.
Having said that, and really thinking of you as friends, lay off Paul and other members of the congregation. Think about it. Why did you owe Paul money in the first place? Why did you lose your home when you had such a valuable possession? And I suspect more valuable possessions!
I really believe your anger is misdirected. You and Lynn need to accept responsibility for the situation you put yourselves in. AND stop casting aspersions on people,I should absolutely say FRIENDS, who acted in sincerity to support and assist you in your time of need.
Truly your friend,
This is about the rule of law, Liz. Yes Paul had loaned Lynn money that for one reason or another grew to $16,000. But there are laws and legal procedures to follow. Just because someone owes you money the law doesn’t allow you to lie cheat and steal to get your money back. Not to mention the vigorish on the $11,000 debt. $11,000? You thought I said $16,000? Yeah, well Paul forgets the $5,000 I handed him to show good faith. Where did this money come from? Why the sale of Lynn’s 1960 Pontiac Bonneville convertible.
Paul is pretty loose on the details when it comes to Paul’s own actions. Paul forgets to tell people that he extended the helping hand of friendship, talked me into moving all of that stuff onto his property, with the promise of a place to work from, then sold the crown jewel of the collection without benefit of legal process or the owners permission. In fact Paul insisted on selling Lynn’s Challenger against Lynn’s protests at which point Paul banned us from his property. Bet he never mentions the banning part now does he?
Now Lynn also owns his grandfather’s 1954 Plymouth Plaza Wagon, a mid western car that spent the rest of it’s life in southern California. Station wagons are collectible.
Lynn’s 1964 Plymouth Valiant convertible with the 225 slant-6 and the factory 4-speed and Hurst shifter.
Lynn had also picked up a New England car from the far north, a one-owner special order Valiant Wagon with the 273 V-8 and air-conditioning.
Liz, I think you’d feel differently if Paul had ripped you off hundreds of thousands of dollars. You’ve been charmed by the charismatic, confidence inspiring Paul Doolittle, while we’ve seen the thieving, conniving truth behind the facade.
Lay off the congregation? I don’t think so, Liz. when the members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester, NH aligned themselves with Paul Doolittle so that he’d open the checkbook of the Doolittle trust for their new sprinkler system, they aligned themselves with a criminal.
Paul Doolittle lied to me to get me to move Lynn’s stuff onto Paul’s Sun Point Farm. Paul stole Lynn’s prize possession when he found out that I really could come up with the $11,000 through the sale of Lynn’s stuff already on Paul’s farm, probably because Paul had already promised the Challenger to Mike Mancini at a substantial discount to the price Lynn is asking for his car.
Liz, my world revolves around facts and the rule of law. The facts are that Paul lied to me to gain physical possession of Lynn’s stuff then stole the most valuable piece of all and sold it for a pittance. This is fact.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester, NH has made it clear that they support Paul Doolittle 100%. As far as I’m concerned this puts the congregation’s money, the UUCM endowment and the UUCM property in legal play.