Congressional gun action called for
by Lauren Harkawik
Feb 27, 2018 | 1790 views | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DOVER - In the public comments period of the Dover School Board and Dover Selectboard meetings on Monday and Tuesday evenings respectively, resident Josh Cohen, who is the chair of the selectboard and in that role acts as liaison to the school board, asked both boards to submit a letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Patrick Leahy, and Rep. Peter Welch regarding the recent school shooting in Parkland, FL.

At the school board meeting, Cohen said he’d grappled with whether or not to bring the matter up, but that he felt he had to on a personal level.

“I would like to ask the board to send a letter to Sen. Sanders, Sen. Leahy, and Rep. Welch letting them know that as a board we condemn the actions in Florida and also demanding that they do something in Congress,” said Cohen. “I’m not going to say that we should say what that is, because I think the answers are very divisive and I don’t want to create that for us. I just want that as a simple message that as a school board, you have things you have to do and you have to protect the children and it’s about time that Congress does something.”

School board chair Rich Werner said he supported the idea and suggested that Cohen draft one letter that could be signed by members of the selectboard and the school board.

On Tuesday night, Cohen let the selectboard know that, speaking as a member of the public, he was requesting that the two boards send the letter. He relayed Werner’s suggestion about a joint letter and said he would pen a letter on behalf of both boards, which the boards and the public could review.

“I’m not specifying what it is that they do. I think that’s a divisive issue,” said Cohen, reiterating his sentiments from the night prior. “I simply want to show solidarity and make a simple request that they do something.”

Cohen said the matter can be discussed further at pre-Town Meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, February 27, at 7 pm at Dover Town Hall.
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