Letter-writer only saw parts and pieces
Lately I read a letter that was an embarrassment to our village from a man who just recently by his own words, just started to watch the minutes from meetings and take a stab at one of our council members, who got frustrated because the trustee feared the village board wasn't listening. He even went so far as to say change should be made. I would like to reply and tell that citizen of DeForest that the problem is that he is seeing parts and pieces, about a trustee, who has stood up for the people in our village. Since he has not named names, I will not do so either, but after the embarrassment this village suffered causing said trustee to lose their temper justifiably. I would ask the citizen who made such a comment about the said trustee to remain quiet. That trustee was very upset, because they truly cared. On one matter the other citizen and I, a citizen of DeForest, are in complete agreement, there should be change, we need more people like that trustee on board!
John Stanley, DeForest
Words become actions
I respectfully disagree with the comments made in the letter “Action matters” [12-20-2018]. The writer seems to think that words like those in Trustee Abigail Lowery's original version of DeForest Village Board Resolution 2018-080 – a Resolution Affirming the Sense of Community Within DeForest and Respecting Individual Identities – do not matter. The writer said, "Action is what matters though to effect change." At least two other village board members made similar statements. On the other hand, Mahatma Gandhi said:
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
Recently, at one of our DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots weekly meetings, we entertained a transgender woman from DeForest in a wonderful, long conversation about the persecution of people who are a little bit different from other people. We were elated and proud to hear her say, "I have lived in DeForest for some time, and I have felt safe and welcome here." Not so for the transgender woman whose garage was shot up by faceless cowards, and which incident prompted Trustee Lowery to compose and introduce the original resolution.
DeForest and Windsor can be more than just another up-and-coming commercial/residential suburb. I say, let's elect more trustees like Trustee Abigail Lowery. Let's keep on with the words that Gandhi says become our actions. Trustee Lowery, you are in good company. Let's Make DeForest Great Again.
John Scepanski, DeForest