Letter: Restore civility to our town and country

Posted 8/14/20

The Bristol Phoenix (July 30) was replete with letters from various citizens. To see so many Bristolians express their views is indeed encouraging, as it demonstrates a keen interest in local and …

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Letter: Restore civility to our town and country

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The Bristol Phoenix (July 30) was replete with letters from various citizens. To see so many Bristolians express their views is indeed encouraging, as it demonstrates a keen interest in local and national affairs.

Some lamented the lack of civility in present-day discourse. Joseph Lero described his disgust while watching the Congressional hearing featuring Attorney General William Barr, who was bullied, insulted and rudely interrupted repeatedly as he attempted to answer questions posed by senators who had actually set him up.

The whole thing was a farce, a deliberate ruse to gang-up on and brow-beat Barr in order for opportunistic senators to grandstand in promoting their own agenda. It was disgraceful and overtly unfair sham to anyone who witnessed the proceeding.

Shouldn’t we expect those who represent us be held to a higher standard, a gentlemanly code of behavior to serve as a model for all?

In another letter, Peter Hewett criticized the vicious intimidation of anyone who dares to disagree. He asks, “Is anyone else tired of the same … hostile narrative?” Indeed, I certainly am fed-up, disillusioned, and downright fearful of how our nation and beloved, once peaceful, bucolic town are changing.

Many are dismayed by how hatred, intransigence, and intolerance have adversely affected us. In her letter, Anne Kellerman refers to the “ugliness in our community.” Mr Lero goes so far as to estimate that “we are destroying ourselves,” and I fear he may be correct.

One of Bristol’s most constant features, which we so value, is its peacefulness, natural beauty, and neighborliness that is conducive to serenity and equanimity.

Bristolians who are blessed to live in this unique place, listen to these citizens mentioned above who yearn to keep our town and our country free of the stark aggression, bitter protests, lawless behavior, and the “us-against-them” stance.

I personally regret that Peter Hewett, a fine, upright, individual of intelligence and reason, decided to withdraw from running for school committee. Who in his right mind, despite noble intentions to make a difference and improve our schools, would subject himself to being maligned by the mean-spirited?

Fortunately, there are other highly educated, responsible, judicious, fair-minded men and women in town capable of sound and sane discourse and who also possess cool temperaments, as well as keen analytical skills, to serve on town council and school committee. Some have the ability and diplomatic temperament to get our schools highly functioning, to uproot the “ugliness,” and restore peace and camaraderie to this “special” place.

Before voting, I advise all to examine carefully the credentials and positions of those running for office.

Donna DeLeo Bruno
Bristol

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