Letter: Cumberland councilor is 'decent, thoughtful, compassionate'

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Regarding last week’s story concerning comments made by Cumberland Town Councilor George Turner (“Cumberland councilor explains remark linking diversity, crime”), I wasn’t present for that meeting, and while the statement he made was unfortunate at best, most of us who spend long hours in front of a microphone wish we could take back some of the things we’ve said.

I have known George for many years, and he and I don’t share a lot of political views. But I can vouch that he doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.

I believe strongly that America’s greatest strength is its diversity. As one who volunteered for two years teaching English to asylum seekers, I saw what energy, intelligence and courage these immigrants bring to our state. We are richer for their presence.

What George said needed to be corrected, and he has made that correction. But I can’t think of a more decent, thoughtful and compassionate person than George Turner.

State Rep. Dale Denno