Letters to the editor: Councilmember Fey's comments at March meeting

Posted 3/11/20

How about an apology?

We are distressed by Councilwoman Carol Fey’s reiterated justification for her vote cast on Jan. 7 against allowing refugees to continue settling in Littleton as well …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Username
Password
Log in

Don't have an ID?


Print subscribers

If you're a print subscriber, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one.

Non-subscribers

Click here to see your options for becoming a subscriber.

If you made a voluntary contribution of $25 or more in Nov. 2018-2019, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one at no additional charge. VIP Digital Access Includes access to all websites


Our print publications are advertiser supported. For those wishing to access our content online, we have implemented a small charge so we may continue to provide our valued readers and community with unique, high quality local content. Thank you for supporting your local newspaper.

Letters to the editor: Councilmember Fey's comments at March meeting

Posted
How about an apology?
 
We are distressed by Councilwoman Carol Fey’s reiterated justification for her vote cast on Jan. 7 against allowing refugees to continue settling in Littleton as well as her on-the-record discourteous behavior directed at specific individuals.
 
At the March 3 city council meeting, Ms. Fey raised the issue of her “no” vote. She claimed it solely was due to concern about the process by which the resolution was brought to council. This assertion was quite disingenuous. She stated it was clear a majority would vote to approve continued refugee settlement and, therefore, it was OK to cast a negative vote. With the close 4-3 tally, however, the outcome obviously was not assured.
 
Second, Ms. Fey completely glossed over the misinformed and inflammatory issues she raised on Jan. 7 concerning refugee impact on Littleton housing and money. She singled out Littleton Independent’s excellent reporter, David Gilbert, on March 3, saying he misreported these comments and, as a result, she had received emails from upset citizens. We believe Mr. Gilbert captured her remarks and tenor fairly and objectively. Ms. Fey needs to take responsibility for her actions. If constituents are upset with her, they have good cause.
 
Finally, we feel that Ms. Fey should publicly apologize to Mr. Gilbert as well as to Ms. Susan Thornton, Immigrant Pathways chair and former city council member, whom she similarly disparaged at the Jan. 7 Council meeting. We expect less personal and more reasoned conduct by our District III representative.
 
Karen Crossen and Jeff May
Littleton
 
Reporting was accurate
 
At the March 3 city council meeting, Councilmember Carol Fey (District 3) raised the issue of her vote cast on Jan. 7 against signing a consent letter, allowing refugees to settle in Littleton as they have in the past. She said the Littleton Independent was inaccurate when they quoted her as reflecting citizens’ concerns that refugee resettlement was a “political hot potato” and that refugees might strain the city’s resources. But the Independent’s reporting was correct. Fey did say her main objection was process, an objection the Independent debunked.
 
As councilmembers Scott Melin, Karina Elrod and Kelly Milliman stated on Jan. 7, the radical step would have been for the council to not sign the consent letter. The letter merely put into writing that the city would continue allowing the same refugees they always have. Since refugees pose no statistically higher threat to safety, and since refugees are, as Melin stated, “carefully vetted,” the signing of the letter should not have been controversial. To vote against it based on purported process objections in light of the urgent need to support refugees was the radical move.
 
Finally, I just want to say I’m thrilled the council signed the letter, even if it merely reiterated our past position as a community. We are made stronger when we live according to the call in Matthew 25:40 to care most for “the least of these.” Those are our values, and we should be proud of them. 
 
Jason Henderson
Littleton
 
Stop the personal attacks
 
At the March 3 Littleton City Council regular meeting, Councilmember Carol Fey attempted to clarify comments she made at the Jan. 7 regular meeting. Instead of apologizing, Fey took a combative stance and unnecessarily personally attacked Littleton Independent reporter David Gilbert. The Jan. 13 article to which Ms. Fey alluded was not “misreported” as she claimed. On Jan. 7, Fey stated that she had “two major problems” with the resolution on refugee resettlement. First was the subject of immigration. Supporting her no vote based on this issue, Fey said she heard from citizens who used phrases like “national political hot potato,” “who is going to pay for supporting these people,” and “why can we find room for these people.” She then raised her concerns about the process by which the resolution appeared on the agenda by primarily attacking former Mayor Susan Thornton when she implied that Thornton “manipulated” council and circumvented the process.
 
Fey seemed incapable of understanding that many of her constituents were rightly upset by her comments on Jan. 7. Rather than apologize to Littleton citizens and Thornton directly, Fey instead accused Gilbert of “incorrect reporting.” I watched Ms. Fey’s Jan. 7 comments and see nothing incorrect about Gilbert’s Jan. 13 report. He did not “get it wrong,” as Fey claimed and to blame the Littleton Independent is irresponsible and unprofessional.
 
Councilmember Fey is paying the price for her own words, available for all to listen to on the City of Littleton website, and not any perceived “incorrect reporting.”
 
Kyle Schlachter
Former city councilmember,
Littleton
 

Rules for letters to the editor

Colorado Community Media welcomes letters to the editor. Please keep in mind the following rules:

  • Submit your letter in a Word document or in the body of an email. No PDFs, please.
  • Letters must be limited to 250 words or fewer.
  • Do not use all caps, italics or bold text.
  • Keep it polite: Do not resort to name calling or “mud slinging.”
  • Include a source — and a link to that source — for any information that is not common knowledge. We will not publish information that cannot easily be verified.
  • If you quote a person, we must be able to easily verify that he or she said what you state they said. That means the quote must have been published, stated during a public meeting or found on video.
  • Only submit ideas and opinions that are your own — and in your own words. We will not publish any letter that is clearly part of a letter-writing campaign.
  • Letters may be edited for clarity, grammar, punctuation and length.
  • Letters will not be published from the same writer on consecutive weeks.
    Submit your letter by 5 p.m. on Friday in order for it to appear in the following week’s newspaper.
  • Include your full name, address and phone number. We will publish only your name and city or town of residence, but all of the information requested is needed for us to verify you are who you say you are.
  • Email your letter to letters@coloradocommunitymedia.com

Thank you, and we look forward to your letters.

Comments

Our Papers

Ad blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an ad blocking plugin in your browser.

The revenue we receive from our advertisers helps make this site possible. We request you whitelist our site.