Speaking Out Essay
In a Community Divided, Nobody Wins
As a long-time resident of the town of Henrietta, I am appalled at the deceitful behavior of the Henrietta Democratic Committee and their candidates with regard to Town Supervisor Jack Moore.
Over the past few weeks, many allegations have been made about Mr. Moore’s character. Let me state, without any hesitation, that these allegations have not been anything more than a blatant manipulation of the facts and a distortion of the truth. Mr. Moore is not now, nor has he ever been a racist or sexist, as has been claimed. I say that with unwavering certainty because I could not support any individual who accepts and practices those beliefs. I have known Mr. Moore and the entire Moore family for more than 40 years. In all those years, I have witnessed their unselfish dedication to and support of all of the people of Henrietta.
It is noteworthy that the timing of this smear campaign is surfacing just before the November election. There is no doubt that this is the motivation behind it all. These accusations are not new, nor are the EEOC claims that were filed a number of years ago by a few disgruntled employees. The credibility of those making these allegations needs to be questioned. One is being charged with secretly recording conversations in the Henrietta Town Court and another was fired in 1994 (before Jack Moore was supervisor) and sued the town to be reinstated. The Democratic Committee and candidates have everything to gain and nothing to lose from this type of campaign, except for one thing—their integrity.
It is a travesty that all the deceitful rhetoric that is being driven by Mr. Moore’s accusers and local wannabe politicians is doing nothing more than tearing our community apart. I am hopeful that after the votes are in and the dust clears, we can heal the wounds and ease the pain that this conflict has caused and emerge a much stronger community. We owe it to ourselves, our children, our grandchildren, and to the future of Henrietta.