To the Editors:

What is happening to us as a country and as a community? Have we lost sense of who we are and what we stand for and represent to the world? I am terribly concerned and certainly disappointed by the calls for blocking Syrian refugee resettlement, creating a registration process and perhaps, banning entry to all who believe in the Muslim religion especially, as proposed by the Republican leaders in Hartford and others on the Presidential campaign trail.

Locally, this was a great opportunity for our elected representatives to demonstrate true leadership and put policy over politics. Sadly, Representative Lavielle joined the chorus of those fear mongers in the party while Senator Boucher and Representative O’Dea failed to condemn the Hartford leaders for their misguided letter to the editors.

Fortunately, the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee was willing to expose these cowardly calls for what they really are — a fearful, reflexive reaction to horrible events in Paris and here at home. As the members of the Interfaith Action Committee have stated, “We are better than that and the example we set of taking only right and just action in the face of evil is consistent with who we are as Americans and important for the entire world to see.”

Let’s not put aside our noble values and principles for they are the things that make us who we are — Americans! Freedom will overcome fear.
Franey M. Donovan, Jr.
Wilton, Dec. 6