On April 17 I attended a Waterville City Council meeting in which residents were allowed to yell at, insult, and intimidate city councilors, as well as some fellow residents who spoke. The mayor, Nick Isgro, allowed and at times even participated in this hostile and disturbing behavior.

These elected councilors are residents who have stepped up to the difficult task of public service, and this is how they are allowed to be treated? But this is the current climate in Waterville, fostered by the current mayor.

Recently, several residents took out a petition to recall Isgro, initiated by a derogatory tweet he made, but more importantly, for the slew of hateful, misogynistic, racist tweets he has made over some time. This is unacceptable behavior for an elected official meant to represent his constituents and city in the most favorable light.

Those supporting the recall effort have since faced threats and been smeared on social media. Some residents are afraid to collect signatures, or even to sign it.

Contrary to what the angry mob had to say at the meeting, this is not about free speech, dark money, or a political witch hunt. This is about leadership — integrity and personal responsibility. Not once has Isgro apologized or taken ownership for the divisiveness and damage of his words to the community he claims to represent and love.

Waterville citizens need to take a long hard look in the mirror and decide if this man represents their values, represents the best of what Waterville can be. Just as Isgro has an obligation and accountability to his constituents, so too do the good people of Waterville have an obligation to each other and their city to stand up and do what’s right.

Melissa Hackett


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