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LetterLetter2 to the editor: Statement, resolution had major differences

Mar 16, 2021 - To the Editor,
On the eve of the presidential inauguration, Coventry Town Councilwoman Lisa Conant read a statement on behalf of herself, Councilman Jon Hand, and me denouncing the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S
. Capitol.

Our statement addressed a highly unique moment in time that threatened the very core of our nation. On that day the foundational beliefs of our government attacked in an attempted coup, and human beings were maimed and murdered. We shared our hope that such an event would never happen again.

That’s the only sentiment we wanted to express. We were not looking to litigate one political belief or another, nor to denounce general violence. We weren’t looking to engage in “whataboutisms” or to deflect to other events.

For those same reasons we didn’t request that our statement be put into writing as a resolution for the council.  However, after every Republican councilor spoke in agreement with our statement, Councilman Matthew O’Brien Jr. suggested it be adopted as a resolution.

The resolution that was attached to the Feb. 16 agenda has no urgency or timeliness relevant to the Jan. 6 insurrection. It is a generic resolution that could have been adopted 10 years ago, 100 years ago, 200 years ago. The resolution does not reflect what we discussed Jan. 19. On the contrary, it is the same coded condemnation of Black Lives Matter protests that conservatives across the country are raising in an attempt to turn attention away from the severity of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

This is why Councilors Conant and Hand and I voted no to the resolution and will continue to stand by the statement read into the record by Councilwoman Conant on the eve of what we prayed would be a peaceful transition of power on Inauguration Day.

Lisa Thomas