Martin Luther King Jr. said:
“In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
I’m sending this to my Mendocino Coast friends, asking everyone who cares about our well-run little town to speak up.
Les and I have lived here, full and part-time, since 1989. We were dismayed by the attacks, before and during the recent election, on what we have experienced as an efficient, caring city government. More dismayed lately by the attacks on those members of the City Council who voted to approve Hospitality House’s purchase of the Old Coast Hotel.
The Old Coast has sat empty for years. I look forward to seeing it filled with people trying to turn their lives around. If you visit a Hospitality House, you do not see loiterers or trash; they are not allowed. Residents who are caught begging, or using alcohol or drugs, are evicted. Hospitality House is not a flop house; it is a place where people ready to change are helped to do that.
I look forward to seeing the Old Coast used for such a worthy purpose: to help the mentally ill and the homeless.
Listening to the radio, I was disappointed to hear a member of the Fort Bragg City Council quoted (I’m paraphrasing): “If two people will change their votes, a Recall won’t be necessary.”
This is not the way a responsible official reacts in a democratic society. When we lose, we don’t threaten. We work with the majority and make sure the bad predictions don’t happen.
Mayor Dave Turner’s daughter wrote a wonderful letter in support of her dad on her blog. Read it here.
She asks that we come to the reception Monday night, March 9, at 5:30, to celebrate the newly renovated Town Hall. Stay for the City Council meeting. The first 30 minutes are for Comment. Friends shouldn’t stay silent.
I will be there. I hope you will.