Word on the (Main) street is that there’s a fair amount of criticism of the “No Hate! No Fear!” banner on the white building across from Memorial Park in Beacon.
I’d like to offer a counterpoint. I applaud those stalwarts of the community who hung the banner for taking a stand to counter the toxic, disheartening and destructive rhetoric that our supposed national leaders are spewing all over the media.
And while expressing support for those more vulnerable among us should not be controversial, these concerned citizens are surely smart enough to know it would be. I applaud their courage.
We all should appreciate these voices of acceptance in our little community on the river. (Pete Seeger would be proud.) Please don’t let the negative voices drown them out. Messages of hope can overshadow despair, and love should trump hate.
Scott Tillitt, Beacon