Though not a member of any organized religious institution, I take exception to the opinion [Letter to the Editor, JP Gazette, March 7] that there are too many church buildings in Jamaica Plain. The tragedy that struck the First Baptist Church was a big bl ow to our community. The help it and other charitable institutions (some of which are religious) provide our needy neighbors is irreplaceable. And, yes, church structures themselves are part of our history.
Hysterical neighborhood organizations should not be dictating land-use policy to the extent they now do, particularly given that they tend to represent only the most well-heeled. Churches have the ability to assist those in need. Criminally overpriced condos rob the community of its soul.