If ever a Lifetime Achievement Award for Hypocrisy is dispensed, William McGintee should be its first recipient. Kitty Merrill's "Much Ado About Housing" article opened with a quote from him. He is "sick and tired of people using the term racism." He trips over his tongue, mouthing that people "throw these terms around to advance a particular cause they want to advance."
He should know. Three short years ago, he dispensed the race card in a special August '03 mailing to Springs residents. Carrying his photo and signature, McGintee's letter told its recipients that he was not going to be pushed out of this town by people who do not share his values. (My copy remains on my desk.)
And, according to several individuals who attended campaign fundraisers in private homes, McGintee promised to get rid of the Hispanics in Springs if he was elected. One such gullible person told me outside the Stella Maris School 18 months ago that she would not vote for him again because he did not do as he had promised.
McGintee also played the race card 12 years ago when he remained stone silent and allowed Councilman Robert Cooper to be ridiculed and blamed for bringing information to the town board and to the public that he, McGintee, had brought him. Ethical and moral responsibility are unknown to racists of all stripes.