The author is the chair of the Wilton Democratic Town Committee.
As upset as [Republican Town Committee chair] Mr. Alper may be over his missing/damaged signs, his response is shameful and thoughtless. It is both disappointing and offensive that he would paint the entire Democratic Party (“the oppostiton”) with one broad stroke as having a “value system beneath being an American.” And that we have a propensity to steal.
Mr. Alper has blatantly stereotyped fellow Wilton citizens because of the behavior of an isolated few, who may or may not be Democrats, but clearly object to Trump. He is emulating the standard bearer of his party, the man who thinks Mexicans are rapists. It is unfortunate that in a community as highly educated as Wilton, the leader of the majority party would stoop so low.
Mr. Alper, I am sorry you have lost some Trump signs. Over the many years I have been involved with politics I have lost quite a few political lawn signs myself. Historically my response has been to shake my head, mutter a few words and replace them. It never dawned on me to call the police and attack a large portion of my community.
As the leader of the Democrats of Wilton, I hereby publicly ask all citizens to leave Trump signs alone. Whether those who ran over or removed the signs were acting as a prank or as an emotional response to Trump and his message of hate, I ask you to take the high road and let them all stand. Let Wilton be full of unmolested Trump signs.
With the Democratic Town Committee’s limited budget for campaign activities, I can think of nothing that would motivate our Wilton Democrats more to vote on election-day than to see Wilton covered in Trump signs.
Mr. Alper, if you have more Trump signs, I offer to personally go with you to every location where a Trump sign was vandalized or taken and put them back up.
I am passionate about my rights as an American and the right to free speech. As I recently taught to a local group of Boy Scouts, along with the rights of being an American we have duties.
Our duties are to support and defend the Constitution, stay informed on the issues, participate in the democratic process, respect and obey laws, respect the rights beliefs and opinions of others, participate in your local community…..
I respect your right to have a Trump sign. I am sorry it angered someone to the point of vandalism. This act of vandalism is no excuse for your outrageous statements about Democrats. I and every thoughtful citizen of Wilton should be offended by your remarks.