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This letter is a response to a recent letter that the Times published and titled “Cape Vincent no longer nice friendly town.”

While I felt the author made some valid points, many of which I agreed with, I would like to take exception to some of his remarks and to the headline the Watertown Daily Times chose to use for this letter. My first objection deals with the author equating the politics of Cape Vincent to that of the south in the 1960s.

While one might be fed up with politics in the Cape, it is insulting to all Afro-Americans to think what happened back then is equivalent to what is going on in Cape Vincent today. Not even close. To suggest that physical abuse such as that which ensued in the South might soon come to the Cape is absurd and total hyperbole meant to stir the pot.

We all have a responsibility to make sure everyone’s right to vote is protected. However, what does stating that Cape Vincent is no longer a nice friendly town do to achieve that goal?

Nothing. All it does is give us more negative press.

To say that the Cape is no longer a nice friendly town is unnecessary and, in my mind, untrue. Why, out of all the points the writer made, did the Times have to choose that phrase?

I know that when people in the Cape see a person in need, they don’t ask themselves what side of an issue that person is on before they step forward to help. They just help.

Yes, the Cape has its problems and sometimes I despair at people’s words and actions. But can we just stop tearing it down constantly? It is a nice, friendly place.

We have many positives happening in the Cape (the Regatta, the Piano Competition, the Quilt Show and the Children’s Book Festival, to name a few) and many people on both sides of the issues work to make these events possible. I, and many I speak with, have strong feelings about issues in the Cape, but we still try to be nice and friendly to everyone.

We are sick of the denigration of our community. To the author and all readers, I say, “Yes, the Cape has problems. But the Cape Vincent I know is still nice and is still friendly.”

Elisabeth Brennan

Cape Vincent

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