Editor: As a town resident, I am disappointed at the actions taken by certain members of the Lovettsville Town Council in their efforts to promote personal agendas over the good of the town by proposing a controversial and polarizing proclamation in support of the 2nd Amendment.
As a responsible gun owner and patriotic American, I am disheartened that council members have worked with someone (who had publicly admitted to seeing drafts of the proclamation before even all council members had seen a copy or the public) that is using this as a catalyst for basically a gun rally on town property and condoned by the Town Council. This same individual who has made numerous and inflammatory public videos and social media posts against anyone disagreeing with his stances on town issues.
Three Town Councilmen (Steadman, Smith, and Hornbaker) and the mayor, knew about this proclamation days before it was introduced at the last council meeting. Not only was the mayor involved in reviewing and making suggestions regarding editing of said proclamation, there was a deliberate and purposeful choice by councilmen to keep the draft from being included with the agenda documents, which would have provided copies to the three Town Council members who were purposefully not included. This is a blatant lack of respect to fellow council members and to the town as a whole.
I am also compiling a list of all proclamations in the past four years to clear up statements made publicly by the mayor implying this kind of proclamation is not uncommon or unusual for the town.
I am dismayed that our town is being used for personal agendas instead of working together on more important and critical town projects and concerns. This kind of behavior on part of some of our Town Council members is why I stepped away from a more involved volunteer position with the town. Basically, the intent of this proclamation is tainted by the actions of certain council members and its original purposes for this proclamation have made any further consideration unacceptable and I implore the council to table this permanently for the good of all the town residents, town businesses, town visitors, volunteers, and neighboring communities.
The feeling of safety in our town and the feeling of community is being lessened by these kinds of theatrics. Hopefully, even more transparency in the creation and intent of actions such as these by certain council members, will help keep our town the festival destination and welcoming place to live that only LOVEttsville should always be.
Caitlin Keefe, Lovettsville