To the Editor:
"Civility.” So says the Editorial (Warwick Beacon, Sept. 22, page 14). Really? Is that a fact?
Yes! I was there. And I admit, I was one who was part of the disturbance!
But, how dare a newspaper criticize those citizens, as it did in this Editorial (“…name calling, the four-letter words, the interruptions, the hooting…,” “tactics of thugs…,” “to intimidate…”), when there are a number of examples of public officials doing the same things.
In the last two years, there have been radio news reports that in the General Assembly, some legislators are yelling and screaming at other legislators … while Capitol Police apparently do nothing to stop it! And, some National Education Association (NEA) officials have recently been intimidating citizens in a courthouse corridor, while sheriffs and/or Capitol Police and/or Rhode Island State Police do nothing! (And NEA officials do intimidating at other venues, too!)
Another arrogant message from some arrogant public officials to the citizens, “We want more and more of your tax money, but keep your darn mouths shut!”