Letter to the editor 2, Nov. 24, 2016

Dear Editor,

“Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” Ten simple words that bear so much meaning.

Many of us are quick to condemn yet so slow to forgive. We often jump to conclusions without having all the facts at our disposal or let our personal biases unfairly influence our judgements.

I was reading the scathing letter of condemnation of Robert Spencer in last week’s Your Local Journal and was saddened by the unfairness of it all.

It started out by describing him as a disgraced ex-councillor and a pawn of a vindictive ex- Director General hell-bent on bankrupting the town of Hudson.

Based on my knowledge of the situation the ex-DG being referred to wasn’t hell-bent on anything except filling her pockets with ill-gotten gains, and Robert Spencer was numbered among those instrumental in bringing her to justice. Robert Spencer might qualify as many things but a disgraced councillor, NEVER.

Robert served this town he loved so well, and its inhabitants faithfully, for many years and was a great source of pride to the town when he was presented Canada’s Governor General’s Medal of Bravery.

The wording of the award went as follows:

On March 19, 2011, Robert Spencer rescued a man from a possible drowning, in Vaudreuil, Quebec. The victim had ventured out onto snow-covered ice when he fell through. Unable to pull himself out, he yelled for help but the area was deserted. Mr. Spencer had just exited his vehicle in the nearby park when he saw the victim in the water. He grabbed long jumper cables from his car and ran to him. Cautiously approaching the edge of the hole, he lay down on the ice and threw one end of the cables to the victim, who grabbed onto them. Despite the weight of the man's wet clothing, and the breaking ice around them, Mr. Spencer managed to pull him out and bring him to safety.

This is a man we should respect, not put down blindly.

I disagreed with Robert’s actions concerning the present council and the mayor and was glad to see our mayor vindicated but I believe Robert’s actions, though ill-conceived, were honorably motivated. He never intended for things to go as far as they did, but unfortunately sometimes we inadvertently set wheels in motion that run out of our control and cause damage to innocent lives.

I’m glad this unfortunate incident is over, but I’m also saddened to hear that Robert is leaving our fair town because we were richer for his presence (unfortunately $120,000 less richer in legal fees).

As far as the statement in the last letter that all the legal cost should be reimbursed to the town as a warning to others, I say bulls---t.

We do not need or want a town where people, right or wrong, are afraid to speak out because they fear legal repercussions.

That is Donald Trump’s ideal, not ours.

Frank Hicks


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