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Mayor Hidy asked to make public apology


To The Editior:

To Mr. Hidy:

I am writing this letter in response to your statement on the welfare fraud issue, “I’m not against people getting benefits, but I’m against the people with tattoos and the pit bulls, and us supporting their habits.” Hidy said.

I do not understand how you could possible think pit bulls, tattoos, drugs, and welfare fraud are even remotely close enough to make a correlation between them.

First of all the people who are committing crimes such as drug dealing, welfare fraud, etc ..,. as absolutely no connection to a pit bull nor to tattoos.

You are putting everyone who owns pit bulls and has tattoos in a category which involves drug dealers and people who are guilty of fraud from welfare, which is stereotyping. Now I am not saying people who need help are the bad people.

My problem lies with your one statement that includes myself as I have tattoos and pit bulls, with these people who are finding loopholes within the system, and using them to their advantage, whether it be illegal or not.

I work a full-time job, and I also go to school full time, I am from Massena. I don’t get any help from the government or anyone for that matter.

I find your statement extremely close minded, biased and uneducated. How dare you tag a pit bull breed based on the owners.

If you had any idea about the breed, your statement would have been the complete opposite. These dogs are extremely loving and only want to please their owner.

So maybe we should stop allowing certain uneducated people own these dogs and make such a bad reputation for them, but this is another topic I won’t stress at this moment.

Mr. Hidy, I am writing this letter because I would like a public apology for stereotyping people with tattoos and pit bulls with people who are drug dealers as well as welfare recipients.

Considering there are plenty of tattooed, pit bull owning, law abiding citizens in your town that deserve credit rather than judgment from someone who has no idea about the person nor the dog,

I would hope you could make a public apology to myself as well as any other person who felt offended from this statement.

Kortnie Prentice

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