Donna Travis deserves a statue
To the Editor:
I recently read the article about the Ethics Commission fining Donna Travis over her involvement with three charity-type organizations that she donates hundreds of hours of her time to and receives no money from.
Got that? She doesn’t receive a nickel and they fined her. Are you kidding me? The Ethics Commission should be ashamed of themselves. And if she should get fined for that act of kindness what should happen to her for:
> 45 years as a child abuse advocate
> 40 years assisting the elderly through J.O.N.A.H.
> 30 years of planning annual Easter egg hunts
> 20 years of organizing the National Night Out
> Citizen Police since the 1990’s
> 30 years working with Volunteers of Warwick Schools (VOWS)
> 20 years with and a charter member of the Warwick Lions
> 30 years making holiday gift/toy baskets at Christmas time
> 10 years working on the Memorial Day Parade
> 40 years organizing the Fourth of July fireworks
> Taught CCD classes at St. Rita’s for 16 years
> 20 years organizing the Carnival through JONAH at Oakland Beach
> 6 years as a Girl Scout leader
> 30 years Oakland Beach Crime watch (and she started the Norwood Crime Watch)
> 27 years Oakland Beach Festival
> 20 years sits on the board of the Cadets Explorer program
She has worked on hundreds of charities, belongs to over 20 volunteer groups and is the most endeared member of the Warwick City Council, and the Ethics Commission said what? They obviously don’t consider what Donna looks like to Him, and “Him” is probably just as disgusted and angry with this outcome as the rest of Warwick must be. Donna Travis does not deserve a fine. She deserves a statue. She and her husband Bill have done more for Oakland Beach than everyone else put together. Fining her is like fining that pilot “Sully” for killing some geese when he was emergency-landing his plane into the Hudson River saving the lives of 155 people. I am disgusted with these actions. You should be too.
Sorry, Donna. You deserve much, much more respect than this, and, if anyone disagrees, they can take it up with me. Just remember, He is watching.