Letter: Waiting game won’t help
Apparently, some officials in Wolfeboro think all that was required to fix the mess created by former Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland was for him to tender his resignation (Monitor, May 20).
For instance, commissioner Ron Goodgame thinks all that is required is to play a waiting game by putting this mess in the “rearview mirror.”
On the other hand we have commission Chairman Joseph Balboni who seems to believe that Robert Copeland’s racist epitaph was simply an expression of someone who was “angry with government.” Both of these clueless views are quite troubling.
Ask yourself, how many times have you heard someone rant about any of our former occupants of the White House in racially charged language? If you are being truthful with yourself, the answer is none.
So, why does it seem we hear so many people today defining the current occupant of the White House not by his politics or his accomplishments or even his failings but by the color of his skin? That is the question that officials like Joseph Balboni and Ron Goodgame and the people of Wolfeboro and elsewhere should by pondering, because the ugliness of racism and bigotry are not simply going to magically disappear by playing a waiting game.