To the editor:
I attended a recent discussion on the anti-Semitic incident which took place in Hardwick recently. A number of people expressed shock and dismay that it could happen in our small town — as if it were a big city type of offense.
Another person made the argument that there are always two sides to every dispute and we were only seeing one. That same argument could be made about the recent shooting in Greensboro. Any time a dispute response descends to criminality, and the anti-Semitic event appears to have all the hallmarks of a hate crime, it needs to be dealt with.
I hope that the Hardwick town government, including the police force, takes the event seriously, and applies big city discipline measures to send the message: that type of behavior won’t be tolerated in our small town.