Letter to the Editor
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, June 25, 2020
Opinion - Several incidents have ‘crossed the line’
The Towns of Deer Isle and Stonington are deeply concerned about recent events occurring on our island. A free and democratic society depends on the open exchange of information and ideas.
The recent dialogue about racism is important in Maine and the people of Deer Isle and Stonington should be engaged in understanding the effects of race and class in our communities. This dialogue has been promoted peacefully in a number of ways including rallies, candlelight vigils, social media and countless conversations among neighbors. Our public spaces including our villages, parks and playgrounds provide ample space for social interaction, while maintaining social distance necessary to avoid spread of the coronavirus.
Several incidents have crossed the line from social dialogue to harassment, threat,trespass and vandalism.
The placement of a noose on a utility line sends a very disturbing message of intolerance and violence. Perpetrators of hate crimes should be brought to justice.
Trespass and vandalism of private property is a crime and should be brought to justice.
Painting graffiti on public roads presents a hazard to motorists, defaces our community and should stop.
Placement of signage on utility poles should occur only with permission of the utilities.
Placement of signs with vulgar or threatening language should stop.
The Towns of Deer Isle and Stonington condemn all forms of racism. We encourage and are willing to facilitate a thoughtful dialogue about race and class among the residents of Deer Isle and Stonington. Please contact us if you have questions or ideas for making our Island a welcoming and hospitable place to live and visit.
Deer Isle Select Board and Town Manager
Stonington Select Board and Town Manager