Re­sponse to crit­i­cism of lo­cal politi­cians

The Avenue News - - EDITORIAL - -Jay Hid­den, Es­sex

As a res­i­dent of Es­sex I re­ceived no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the ini­tial meet­ing of the Es­sex Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion through an on­line com­mu­nity site. I at­tended the meet­ing as a new res­i­dent of Es­sex who has been in­volved in many com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions over the years. I wanted to see the ob­jec­tives of the or­ga­ni­za­tion and if I might be able to of­fer my ex­pe­ri­ence to the group as they re­or­ga­nize.

I must take is­sue with Rick Scott’s let­ter of Au­gust 21, 2018 (“Re­ac­tion to first meet­ing of the Es­sex Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion”) re­gard­ing the meet­ing, I saw no ad­mo­ni­tion against at­ten­dance by politi­cians or any­one else in the no­tice I re­ceived.

Mr. Scott listed sev­eral can­di­dates and al­leged that they were both­er­ing peo­ple. None of the can­di­dates he ac­cused of both­er­ing peo­ple spoke at the meet­ing nor did they seek recog­ni­tion to speak. They were there to lis­ten to the con­cerns of the con­stituents they are seek­ing to rep­re­sent. As a cit­i­zen, I would hope that ev­ery can­di­date seek­ing to rep­re­sent my com­mu­nity would seek to un­der­stand the con­cerns and is­sues we face.

There were only two can­di­dates who spoke at the meet­ing. One was un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously shouted down and es­corted from the meet­ing as de­scribed by Mr. Scott. The other spoke in his ca­pac­ity as Sec­re­tary of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

In the fu­ture I would hope that Mr. Scott will re­frain from as­sign­ing mo­tives that he can­not know to those he en­coun­ters dur­ing this elec­tion cy­cle and falsely ac­cus­ing can­di­dates of both­er­ing peo­ple.

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