Mayor’s lan­guage in­sult­ing, of­fen­sive

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

I read with a sense of shock the story “Walk­ing on bro­ken glass” June 28 front page. It seems to me that Mr. Mac­Don­ald was bring­ing the po­ten­tial for in­jury to the at­ten­tion of the mayor and his of­fice staff. I see no words in this front-page story to in­di­cate Mr. Mac­Don­ald was be­ing abu­sive. In fact, he made a le­git­i­mate com­plaint, which is al­lowed in our free Cana­dian so­ci­ety. The mayor on the other hand made some abu­sive and in­sult­ing com­ments.

The no­tion of peo­ple from B.C. be­ing on drugs, or peo­ple from Cal­i­for­nia giv­ing “Trump treat­ment” is be­yond words. I was so shocked at the may­ors’ ig­no­rance to­wards Mr. Mac­Don­ald. The Ox­ford dic­tio­nary de­fines abuse as cruel and vi­o­lent treat­ment, or in­sult­ing and of­fen­sive lan­guage.

If Mr. Mac­Don­ald used in­sult­ing and of­fen­sive lan­guage let’s get it into print to prove some out-in­left-field point the mayor is try­ing to make. If the com­plaint came from some­one who had not been orig­i­nally from the area, would the mayor have treated that per­son so dis­re­spect­fully? Fur­ther, many of my Is­land friends are “come from aways” and I find them so very, very ac­cept­ing of peo­ple dif­fer­ences. Good for you, Mr. Mac­Don­ald for mak­ing the town of Souris aware of a dan­ger­ous prob­lem. Any­one get­ting their feet cut on this glass could, in fact, come af­ter the town of Souris for com­pen­sa­tion.

Kathy Birt,

Mount Ste­wart

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