To the editor:

I am disappointed in you, ashamed of you and embarrassed for you, Vince Seely. Do you really think a Black Lives Matter mural would be so distracting as to be a detriment to our village? You don’t think the cats, as much as I love them, are distracting?

Furthermore, you’re worried about setting a precedent? Seriously? An issue important enough to discuss with a lawyer, but not important enough to bring to a vote; spare me from your lame excuses. I guess that’s par for the course with Catskill thinking back on other bad decisions — tearing down Grandview School instead of using that for the senior center with its flat easy access, building what will be a humongous white elephant — the new jail, approving the county building plans with so much wasted space, and now Stewart’s gas tanks next to the creek (you’d have to be blind not to see the ones at the highway department are at a much higher elevation).

We could have excelled by making a permanent mural using the side of one of the Main Street buildings as a canvas, but no. I was raised color blind. I’m not prejudice against color, denomination, nationality, etc. I’m prejudice against stupidity, laziness, predation, etc. Looking back, when I was bullied in school, with few exceptions, it was the black students who stood up for me. I didn’t think of them as black, just nice. I mourn this lost opportunity of solidarity and inclusion.

Joyce Lissandrello


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