I am responding to a letter to the editor on Dec. 31, 2013 because, quite frankly, I am tired of biting my tongue while a few people, who are not willing to do anything to help, are more than happy to complain after listening to rumors.
The writer was not in attendance at the meeting when the motorcycle issue was discussed by the mayor and council members, so he did not actually hear what the mayor said. Instead he is listening to rumors being spread by a handful of people who have nothing better to do with their time than to talk about others behind their backs. You can bet those rumors are deliberate distortions of the truth in order to sway public opinion to their own way of thinking. The letter writer made no attempt to contact the mayor of Beverly, to check the facts or hear exactly what was said in that meeting.
At no time did Mayor Kenyon say all motorcyclists are bad people or involved in gangs. Is the letter writer saying that all motorcyclists are good people and only do wonderful things? Now who is guilty of generalizing? The Beverly police and county sheriff are very familiar with motorcycle gangs, where they hang out and what patches they wear on their jackets and vests.
For four years Rex Kenyon and I have been asking and practically begging people to come to the village meetings, know what is going on, run for council, run for mayor, just do something. But all we hear are hundreds of excuses that all boil down to "I can't be bothered." Then these same people will listen to a bunch of wild rumors then go on a rampage complaining about what other people are trying to do to improve this town.
I know there are several people who will jump at the chance to try to distort my words in an attempt to make me look bad once again. So let me be perfectly clear, I am not saying everyone in and around Beverly are complainers or are not good people. The vast majority of people I know and come in contact with on a regular basis are welcoming, helpful and all around wonderful people. I am referring to the small minority who spread rumors, distort facts and otherwise cause as much trouble as possible in an attempt to intimidate and control others.