As a taxpaying active member of our community, I am appalled to learn that Tom Dunn, an elected official on the town council, is using his position to promote hate. During the last two months he signed several proclamations with divisive language rather than his signature.
On a proclamation asking for an LGBTQ Pride Month Dunn wrote, “Everyone is equal, identities don’t help.”
On a proclamation awarded about Juneteenth, Dunn decayed the document by writing, “This is a celebration, lynchings are not.”
On a proclamation to recognize Friday, June 7, as National Gun Violence Awareness Day Dunn wrote, “People are violent, guns aren’t.”
While he has a right to his opinions, he should not be allowed to use his position on the town council to further his hate-filled agenda. I am calling for him to step down immediately. Promoting hate at this critical time in our country's development could easily lead to increased violence in our community. Hate crimes, specifically targeted toward minority groups and more often than not using weapons that are issued without background checks, are taking place on an astonishingly regular basis in this country. I believe deeply that our community does not want an incident like this taking place in our backyard. We all need to stand up against bigotry in order to safeguard our community and to protect the rights of all our citizens.