Your reporter, Kitty Merrill, in the August 2 issue of The Independent should really have reported all the facts. The questions that prompted the confrontation:
1. Individuals in attendance told me that I was not welcome and was unwanted to this closed meeting.
2. We don't want you and people like you at our meeting. I related this to the chairman, Mr. Chuck Hitchcock. He then told the group that yes, this in fact was an open meeting. The chairman then calmed down the people who actually started this confrontation. Mr. McGintee actually called for a five minute recess, which helped diffuse the problem.
Now to Mr. David Wilt. His remarks were completely uncalled for. I asked him, as he was in charge of the front desk if this was an open meeting. "Yes" was his reply. The second question I had for Mr. Wilt was why was the material on the desk only in Spanish? He couldn't or wouldn't answer. But, he came out with his rude and crude remark: "Asshole."
Now, please remember that this was in a church hall, part of the church itself. . . . a remark like that was completely out of order. The chairman, Mr. Hitchcock, told him to apologize for his remark, which I considered deeply offensive in such a setting. He reluctantly apologized.
I spoke at length with Ms. Jacque Candemir, "one of the main speakers." She agreed with me and said my remarks were valid and had no problem with them. She also understood it was an open meeting and that the remarks of Mr. Wilt were totally out of order and I was correct in requesting an apology.
Many of the people spoke to me at the conclusion and expressed their opinions that I was unjustly singled out by Mr. David Wilt's foul mouth. So much for democracy and diversity at these meetings.
August 08, 2006