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Town Must Strive To Be Better Than Recent Social Media Attacks

Town Must Strive To Be Better Than Recent Social Media Attacks


Editor, The Cheshire Herald:

 

I moved to Cheshire 21 years ago to start and raise my family. With no true “blood relatives” in Connecticut, I quickly made friends, some of whom I now consider “family.”

Like any small town, Cheshire is not immune from its share of rumors and gossip surrounding a host of issues. I don’t find it productive to engage in that space unless you have facts. Heck, I don’t even have a Facebook account.

I was always proud to say I was from Cheshire. But on July 1, I was both sickened and saddened to read copies of reprehensible and threatening messages sent not only against Town Councilman Rob Oris, but also his children, in response to the Don Drust case. This is not about me being “for” Rob and “against” Don. Don helped shape my son into the young man he is today, both on and, more importantly, off the field. Regardless of your opinion on that case, I believe you would agree that a line was crossed the moment Rob’s family was pulled into it.

Let me be the first to publicly say to my brother Rob, my sister Monica, my niece Sam, and my nephews RJ and Jon, you are not alone. The messages you received are not representative of the town of Cheshire or its people.

I want to be proud of our town again.

 

Mark Shumilla

Cheshire


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