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Letter: Comments About Meli

I was extremely disappointed in the comments attributed to Mayor Suozzi in response to inquires made by one of our taxpaying citizens. Mr. Suozzi’s personal attacks on Mr. Meli, as relayed by this newspaper, were outrageous, inappropriate and should be condemned. Taken by themselves, they were obviously meant as an instrument to stifle the opinions of a citizen who has opposing views than the mayor.

Our city needs citizens who are not afraid of speaking out if they are unhappy with the status quo. That is the only way things improve. Differing opinions should not be met with personal insults.

Glen Cove is our city. We live here, work here and pay our property taxes here. As taxpaying citizens, we need the fortitude and intelligence to question, at every opportunity, the decisions made by our government. In exercising his right to speak publicly about what a citizen sees as deficiencies in the operation of our government, he should not be the target of personal attacks by a public official who serves at the behest of his constituents.

At this time in history where we are reminded daily by how political discourse can get out of hand and lead to unfathomable consequences, we should keep in mind that this country is founded on peaceful, civil discussion between our government and its citizens. This discussion

should not, and cannot, extend to personal public attacks on our citizens by our elected officials. It’s counterproductive.

Our “leaders” should know better.

John J. Hanley