OCTOBERFEST – PAST CHEER & BONHOMIE
Lovettsville, the Town of Love and community, is suffering the stress of the pull and push of a political climate that challenges the most stoic to retain composure and respect and dignity.
It’s a feeling and challenge experienced more widely than this old German-Irish settlement in Western Loudoun. But there are lessons to learn from recent events.
In the last few weeks, first, one individual altered a business sign to insist on a Trumpian view of a Town Plaza.
After that, a woman shouted and cursed in a local restaurant, Andy’s, that a Guatemalan family visiting a friend and family member should show their passports, leave the country, there were obscenities, get the #%@& outa here, telling the family including a 7 year old, they should not speak in any language but English in this country. The cell phone video has since been widely reported on local nbc tv, Buzzfeed and found its way onto other national news and social media outlets.
There have been various defenses for those offending individuals, corrective steps have been taken, fixing the sign, banning the cursing finger-pointing woman from Andy’s Restaurant, but these remedies only go so far, and they do not alter the offending incidents themselves, no matter how promptly these incidents were corrected by other responsible citizens. Continue reading