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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-11-2018

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24 LETTER OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION is a retired state trooper). There is no color line for John; officers are black, white, short, tall, male, female, etc. John loves and respects them all. (Not the evil ones, but they are the minority). John would not feel any different if Kaepernick was white and police officers were 95 percent black. The more I thought about it, and observed the truth as John revealed it that night, the more I not only respected John but admired him. In a few days John recalled the vote. Some news agencies reported that John backtracked and retreated. There was no retreat or backtrack- ing in John's actions to recall that vote, only courage and choosing what is right. John and I might still differ a bit on our interpretation of Kaepernick's motives, but resolving those differences only requires us to gather more facts, not a change of heart. John, if you decide to run for this thankless job again, my no vote has turned into a definite yes. I was proud of my town that night. We were wrong in assuming a pres- ence of hate, but we took a stand against what we perceived to be hate. Then some of those same peo- ple showed that we can hate with the best of them by threatening John, his family, his house, and even the kids in North Smithfield when they play in organized sports. What happened to our stand against hate? STEPHEN HOYLE JR. North Smithfield BEAUREGARD From Page 16

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