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Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Letter: A symbol of a town clearly divided

Dear editor: 

Friday night’s Candlelight Stroll was lovely.

I usually take many photos when I am at an event, my photographer self can’t help it. I am compelled to record history. 

When one stands behind a lens as long as I have one begins to see more than what is present.

This photo of people headed to the Stroll is nothing really, just a quick shot with my iPhone. 

But, yes there is a but. For me this photo exemplifies what I have observed as a recent resident of this beautiful town. (The irony of this photo – the downtown area is glorious, and a big shout out to the volunteers who put up the decorations. I wanted to join in this year but was ill. I hope to next year!)

What is ironic in this photo is that one side of the street was profusely lit up with glorious lights, while the other was so dark I could barely see the shops. 

I stood in awe of this symbolism; a small town clearly divided. 

I take no sides as I am new and do not understand the politics of it all, but it’s been my observation that the town is divided. I’ve listened to many and I have watched and observed. 

It’s all so sad. I didn’t expect to see this in such a small town. 

For me, the landscape of this glorious town outweighs the differences among its residents. 

When I walk along the streets I am in awe, I am in a perpetual state of gratitude. 

While I gaze at the vineyards and fruit farms, I hear myself reciting prayers of gratitude. 

There is so much beauty, so much to be grateful for. 

I am humbled and while I walk you may hear me repeating my single prayer. 

Thank you. And, no, I’m not crazy talking to myself. I’m just so happy to be here.

Who am I to speak, one may think. I’ve only lived here for a year. I have been privvy to outlandish stares, have been told I’m not a local. Of course not. I was not born and raised here. 

But I am here now, with complete investment as it is my forever home. 

I hope that at some point I will see the street lit up on both sides, and people casting aside their personal differences to become a town united for the greater good.

Perhaps I’m a dreamer. Regardless, I wish you all a joyous season celebrating this beautiful place. 

Merry Christmas and, to those who do not celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays.

Filomena Pisano

NOTL

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