To the Editor:

As a Wilton resident for over 50 years, I have been proud of the welcoming atmosphere our town has provided to a variety of residents. While disappointed that it is necessary, I strongly endorse the proposed Board of Selectmen [Tolerance and] Diversity Proclamation and the positive values it espouses.

Marilyn Van Raalte

To the Editor:

I am writing to support the Tolerance Proclamation that a number of Wilton community groups have presented to the Board of Selectmen.

It is very important to make a statement like this on behalf of our Town, not because we aren’t already in the main a town that welcomes diversity, but above all to assure those among us who are worried in the current political climate about their own and their family’s acceptance and well being!

Even one or two incidents of intolerance can create an atmosphere of fear. It does not take many, even though rare, instances of bigotry in a small, close-knit community to send chills of fear through those of us who have ever experienced racial or religious bias, discrimination based on ethnicity, sexual orientation, or bullying for any perceived “differentness,” including disability.

Some of our own friends and neighbors are uncertain and anxious right now, more than usually so. Let’s uphold them and let them know everyone is valued here.

Our Tolerance Proclamation will not only let the world know that we are an inclusive and tolerant community, but let us reach out to assure our own friends and neighbors that we are one community of respect and civility!

Sincerely,

Madeleine Wilken

To the Editor:

I highly support the Tolerance Proclamation that was presented to the Board of Selectmen on Feb 6, 2017. At this time when there is fear in the hearts of so many minorities it is up to us, and especially our leaders, to show that we respect and support all the people in our community. We are a stronger nation together than we ever would be apart. As a community we all should support this proclamation and its message of respecting and insuring the rights of all. Whether Democrat, Republican or other–human decency and kindness needs to be a guiding principle for all.

Sincerely,

Jerusha Vogel