The author of the following letter–which was sent to the members of the Board of Selectmen–submitted it to GMW as well.
Dear First Selectman Vanderslice and Wilton Board of Selectmen,
I wholeheartedly support Wilton’s adoption of the Tolerance Proclamation presented to the Board on Feb. 6, 2017.
Experts agree that talking out loud is important to cultivating thoughts into action. And during this time of political discord, it is an apt moment to reaffirm and amplify the Town of Wilton’s commitment to inclusion, tolerance and civility.
It makes me very proud to think of Wilton as a leader in underscoring our citizens’ dedication to rational discourse to solve problems while cultivating intelligent, moral, and ethical interactions among people of differing backgrounds and beliefs.
Reflecting on the words of activist Helen Keller, “…tolerance is the first principle of community; it is the spirit which conserves the best that all men think,” I ask you to take this opportunity to declare the Town of Wilton as a welcoming place where varying voices and choices are respected and embraced.
To The Editor,
We are writing to express our wholehearted support for the Wilton Tolerance Proclamation.
The core values articulated by the Proclamation—inclusion, tolerance, and diversity—are values we share, and that we hope our fellow Wilton residents share as well. In this time of what seems like unprecedented national divisiveness and partisanship, let us take advantage of whatever opportunity we may have to come together locally in a positive and affirmative manner. Let’s not allow our differences to obscure our common ground: a desire to live peacefully and prosperously together; to forge a dialog that encourages opposing points of view without viewing each other as opponents; and to create a better world for our children that they will someday soon inherit from us.
When our founders wrote “We, the People” into the opening words of the Constitution, they intended to include all Americans. It was, and still is, our great democratic experiment: we’re always in the process of forming a “more perfect union.” The Tolerance Proclamation strives to include all Wiltonians in much the same spirit and process: an admirable effort to transcend the partisan debate swirling around us, and embrace the better angels of our citizenship and humanity.
Accordingly, and in a similar spirit of affirmation, compassion, and leadership, we also urge the Wilton Board of Selectmen to approve the Proclamation on behalf of us all.
Carolyn and Andy Gundell