The most disturbing aspect of the news of the ice falling off landlord Joseph Soley’s buildings in the Old Port and damaging cars is the cavalier attitude he takes toward the health and safety of the community. He seems to brush people off by saying, in effect, “It’s an act of nature. Now let me get back to my paperwork.”

Why doesn’t he bring a lift in as needed to get rid of the ice and snow? Wouldn’t that reduce the danger to people and property? Why doesn’t Portland insist on this practice? What if someone had been killed?

Good landlords can be a positive force in a community. Bad landlords can be corrosive and dangerous. I don’t know Joseph Soley and what category of landlord he falls into, but with respect to these ice falls, he doesn’t seem to care much for the community or doing what’s right.

Bill Hoffman