To the editor:
Beware, small-town America! More and more, we witness local associations and boards becoming terminators of some of our finest Christian community leaders - leaders who make tremendous contributions to the lives of the elderly, the needy, the downtrodden and the handicapped. They serve with courage, compassion and dedication, providing magnificent, heroic leadership. Shame on us when we show no appreciation.
The finest director in all our Saranac Lake Adult Center's history was summarily fired last Friday, Nov. 2, from her position. Are you and I going to continue to accept this pernicious power wielded by the white-ball-black-ball system of the "dirty dozen" who terminate unwanted citizens in leadership roles? These gangs are ruining the very fabric of our God-given rights: the right to fairness and expression of self with a fair hearing and right to defense. The word "mandate" was referred to - to hand down an order or contract as a trusteeship, to trust that it will be wisely and conscientiously considered in its administration. When a loyal volunteer, who is freely offering services day after day, is present at lunch time, why not allow that individual access to our "table of plenty" just as our Lord Jesus would do? Are we instead being mandated out of any Christian charity or "to love our neighbor as ourselves"?! Such a trivial act of charity and kindness should overrule any mandate to the contrary. What crime has been committed? What law has been broken? Today all governments are greatly in need of reform, just as the terminators, associations and boards desperately need reform. Let all sound, solid citizens never allow themselves to be blackballed or railroaded from positions of heroic leadership. Such wonderful human beings are hard to find these days!
Frederick J. Mader