Letter to the editor: Poor behavior

Posted 1/21/20

Poor behavior I would like to thank the Littleton City Council for approving the refugee resettlement resolution at the Jan. 7 regular meeting. Council members Elrod, Melin and Milliman all …

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Letter to the editor: Poor behavior

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Poor behavior

I would like to thank the Littleton City Council for approving the refugee resettlement resolution at the Jan. 7 regular meeting. Council members Elrod, Melin and Milliman all articulated excellent reasons why this action was important for our community. Inclusivity is one of our city’s core values outlined in our comprehensive plan.

I was surprised to see the resolution narrowly pass 4-3 when every other Colorado community passed similar resolutions unanimously. I was also disappointed by some of the offensive and misguided comments made by some citizens, and especially, council member Fey. Her suggestion that council should not take a stance on "national political hot potato" was illogical. Had this resolution failed, Littleton would be in the national news just as Texas is for Gov. Abbott taking the drastic stance of opting out of the refugee resettlement program. Additionally, council member Fey's inappropriate personal attack on former Mayor Susan Thornton was unnecessary and unprofessional.

Our community deserves to have elected officials who behave in a manner befitting their positions and who are prepared at council meetings by thoroughly understanding the issues beforehand. Some of the behaviors I’ve observed over the past few months are disconcerting. I hope this new council can come together and behave professionally in order to make important positive decisions for our community like the refugee resettlement resolution!  

Kyle Schlachter, former city council member

Littleton

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