I have lived in Port Clinton for 20 years. Seven years ago we purchased our home with the city limits, and we do our best to eat and shop downtown and to support local businesses. We welcome friends and family to join us at community events such as the Walleye, Arts and Peach, Polka and Pierogi festivals, and promote Port Clinton when we visit other areas. We like Port Clinton, are committed to staying here, and want nothing but the best for our town and its residents. We like to think that we are no different in this respect than most other citizens.
I am not sure why, then, merely because we oppose the planned development of Water Works Park, we are considered negative and cancerous. It is difficult to understand why someone in the position of president and representative of the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce would make such a critical, divisive statement about people who have done nothing more sinister than express ideas different than his own. It is my sincere hope that the members of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and its members do not share your opinion of us.
Leadership Ottawa County, a program supported by the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce, is described on your agency's Web site as a "community leadership development program that annually brings community leaders together to share and learn about diverse areas of interest about the community as well as share their own unique experiences and backgrounds." Your statement in the newspaper is in direct opposition to the ideals of the program your office promotes.
If Port Clinton is to move forward and prosper, the city will require the leadership of individuals who display more open-mindedness, tolerance and inclusiveness.