Columnists
Response to a public, online post
By Catherine Giles
Oct 2, 2018
Print this page
Email this article

I am writing to publicly respond regarding a public online post on Grayson County Commissioner David Whitlock’s Facebook page, which was shared under the name, “David Whitlock”, dated October 1, 2018, at 10:11 p.m., whose statement reads, “Democrats are no longer the Democrats that existed when I was growing up.  They are now radicalized enemies of the United States.  Share if you agree.”
 
Our country and our government which was founded September 17, 1787, were both born and exist today through effective communication, open dialogue, collaboration, and compromise from diverse citizens who didn’t all look alike or think alike.  Our country and our government, which includes our county and our county government, were all founded on the ideals and principles of love for our nation, which includes our county, for truth, the rule of law, and for justice, all of which is separate and apart from any President now or formerly in office and separate and apart from any political party, dogma, or rhetoric.
 
I find no positive value to the citizens of Grayson County, our needs, our safety, or to Grayson County itself from the public statement of Commissioner Whitlock through his Facebook post, which was removed October 2, 2018, at approximately 2:30 p.m.  Commissioner Whitlock’s statement does not uphold the  principles and values upon which our country and our government, which includes our county and our county government, were all founded and whose function is to serve the needs of all citizens.  In addition, his statement does not communicate any fact, provable or not, but communicates the opposite - divisive rhetoric which does not uphold the needs of safety for all citizens and for autonomy and inclusiveness in the democratic process and in our government for all citizens.  His statement does not uphold or build public trust, or the dignity of the public office of Grayson County Commissioner.
 
In closing, Grayson County must positively move forward to truly serve all citizens of the county and must positively move forward for the county to survive, thrive, and to attract new and diverse industries, businesses, and citizens.  To remain silent as well as to not publicly disavow Commissioner Whitlock’s non-factual, divisive public statement would be a disservice to Grayson County citizens as a whole, a disservice to attracting new and diverse industries, businesses, and citizens, and a disservice to Grayson County itself.

Sincerely,

Catherine Giles