Letter to the editor – Anti-lock down demonstration

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Dear Editor,

I couldn’t help but feel extremely angry by last week’s article titled “If you can’t be kind, be quiet” by ‘Auntie Anabel’ regarding the Anti-lock down demonstration that took place at the South Branch Bistro.

Against a personal request by the Mayor to call it off, the owners of this restaurant took it upon themselves to go ahead with this little soirée of 200 unmasked outsiders, and subjected our small town of Kemptville to a potential super spreader event, given the variants now running rampant. It was a slap in the face and total disregard for our health care providers, other businesses who remain in full compliance, and the residents of Kemptville, including their own clientele. While I don’t agree with threats, to suggest that this was a simple disagreement and comparing anyone who speaks out to McCarthyism is beyond absurd.

These owners well deserve public shaming on social media. This was not just a ‘disagreement’, it was a purposeful, careless, reckless act on their part that could have very well become tragic for our entire town.

To say “if you can’t be kind, be quiet” is tantamount to saying “put up and shut up”. If the owners didn’t want to face the consequences of their actions, maybe they should have thought about that beforehand.

Louise Huot

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