I contemplated writing about the U.S./Russia relationship this week and our new sanctions imposed on Vladimir Putin's criminal empire. (Russia called the new sanctions "draconian." No, draconian is attempting to assassinate adversaries on foreign soil with poison.) I could've written about the NFL players who knelt or raised fists during the national anthem at pre-season games. (You guys aren't oppressed, you have quite literally achieved the American dream, provided by the country you are protesting.) CNN did a whole report on the fact the number of female CEO's is dwindling and what are "we" going to do about it. They ran video of outgoing Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi from 2014 stating, "I don't think women can have it all. I just don't think so. We pretend we have it all. We pretend we can have it all. If you ask our daughters I'm not sure they would say that I've been a good mom." (OK, no personal commentary, this topic I'll probably come back to.) However, last week's column garnered so much response, I felt the need to follow up.

When writing "Predatory parking prices, condos, hurting Hampton Beach," I anticipated and hoped for a serious discussion about the future of my beloved home town. Well, we certainly got one, particularly on social media. Many people simply agreed with my assertion that the jacked-up parking prices were limiting day trippers. "Grew up going to Hampton and took my kids. The only time I ventured to the area this summer was for the sandcastles. Not worth the parking hassle or price when I can drive further up the coast for less."

Some business owners weighed in on how business is this summer. "I'm selling less lobsters to a restaurant that fronts the beach than I did last year, if that's an indication. Many days they would take two dozen and this year it's one, and not every day." Others agreed the condos were limiting affordable rentals for families and that lent to reduced business. Some people simply disagreed in general and noted their businesses were doing very well this summer. I'm very happy to hear that although, I'll note most that said that were owners of the lovely hotels we have down here. Which is my point, we need more of them, not fewer.

Then there were those who disagreed for another reason. One that I find both rude to those who visit our beach and completely elitist – something Hampton Beach is not and has never been and will fail if it attempts to be.

A couple of examples: "Overall it seems like the types of people Hampton is attracting is changing which, after a lifetime of being here, is not the worst thing." And, "I spoke with a few Hampton Beach businesses who favor upgrading the beach with upscale condos. They said that they feel the bars and some of the shops are driving people out they would rather cater to..." "Types" of people? Those they "would rather cater to?" Hat tip to our wonderful Quebec tourists, pardonne-moi?! These "types" of people businesses "cater to" are working families and young people and older people from across the Northeast. They don't all wear a collared shirt to work each day, some may have perpetual dirt under their fingernails after years of working in a blue-collar field. But, they spend their hard-earned money at the very establishments that provide revenue to the state and the community. They spend their money to put food on the tables and roofs over the heads of the business owners.

I grew up in the tourist business. The level of summer success we had determined whether we ate spaghetti all winter or got to have a February vacation to visit my grandmother in Arizona. I don't care what "type" of people we were "catering" to. Their money spent just as well. Where did this elitism come from and why does anyone think that makes any sense at Hampton Beach? I referenced Revere Beach last week, they had the same "brilliant" plan. I suggest those who want it for Hampton take a quick drive and see how well that worked out.

This actually goes to a bigger societal problem. The idea that everyone wants a community to build itself around one's individual desires. We see it all the time. People from high-tax states move to New Hampshire to benefit from our low-tax climate and then vote to change it. We have an ongoing battle in Hampton about noise and music because people actually move here and then want it to be as serene as Plaice Cove. Now, people buy condos or businesses in an existing "honky tonk," "old" (charmingly) tourist beach and want only a certain "type" of people to be "catered" to. Communities aren't supposed to "cater" to the "type" of people that move into them. People are supposed to assimilate into the community they choose to come to.

Ever since that scandalous time in 1890 when, "a young man and his wife, both intoxicated, were recklessly driving their horse and buggy around town when it overturned.” (“Hampton: A Century of Town and Beach, 1888-1988,” by Peter Randall) Hampton Beach has been a fun, exciting and casual place for every socio-economic demographic. Personally, I hope we continue to cater to all types of people. I love our diversity. I find gentrification quite boring.

Alicia Preston is a former political consultant and member of the media. She’s a native of Hampton Beach where she lives with her family and three poodles. Write to her at PrestonPerspective@gmail.com.