Well - at least they found a buyer for the sign. That's something, right?
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It's too short a season to grapple with so harsh a critique of this minor a transgression.
Sorry. I guess that was a bit like scratching a chalkboard, but I personally rather like this particular grammatical construct. It's efficient and it front loads the subjective point the author is trying to make, making comprehension easier. Compare: "The season is too short to grapple with a critique that's so harsh of a transgression that's this minor."