Letter: Hate has no home here

To the Editor:

I am appalled that Ridgefield is experiencing messages of hate and anti-Semitism again. My heart is breaking for all of us. I am angry and frustrated that slurs and swastikas are invading our community. This is never acceptable. It is particularly disturbing that they have appeared so close to the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  

We can’t deny that fear and prejudice are on the rise, but if we come together as a community and show that there is no place in Ridgefield for such horrid actions, understanding and compassion will prevail. This is what I believe.

If elected to represent the 111th General Assembly District, I will work with parents and friends as well as community and state leaders to address how to combat these incidents, educate and promote an inclusive society, and support the safety and civil rights of all citizens.

The swastika is a symbol of hate. But hate has no home in Ridgefield ... or anywhere else.

Aimee Berger-Girvalo

Bennetts Farm Road, Sept. 2

Candidate, 111th General Assembly District