I don’t know about anyone else, but when someone sends me something that is slanderous or vengeful by e-mail, I simply hit “delete.”
If I receive a letter that is not signed but is threatening me or my place of business, I report it to the Police, and let law enforcement take care of it. Deleting e-mails, or handing over such documents to authorities, is the best course of action in such instances, and it is something needed now.
In every society, there are cowards, and it seems that Centreville has a share of them. These are people who like to spread malicious gossip verbally or in written form to hurt an individual or a group, and yet they never sign their name. These “NO NAME, NO BODIES” are cowards, and they have lost their voice by such actions. They feel that intimidation is the best course of action to stop anything they don’t happen to agree with.
But they could not be more wrong. If anything, it gives those they oppose an even stronger incentive to fight harder.
This form of intimidation has been happening to those who are opposed to subsidized low income housing in Centreville and have put their signatures on an e-mailed petition.
In a democracy, everyone has a say, but when you use bogus e-mail accounts to send profane comments on such a petition, and do not have the guts to sign your name, then the “delete” button comes in handy.
But when you send a letter to a person’s place of work in the hopes of getting them fired because they oppose subsidized housing, then that is libel, not to mention the trampling of that person’s First Amendment rights. This needs to be addressed, and investigated.
In the meantime, if you are opposed to the planned subsidized low income housing, and have not signed the petition, I encourage you to do so. Don’t let these no-name cowards have the final word.