Town employees must be shielded from unwarranted personal attack

Councillor Sean McIntyre advocates the town should prohibit escorts and escort agencies from operating within town limits.

Dear Editor,

Councillor Sean McIntyre advocates the town should prohibit escorts and escort agencies from operating within town limits. His position was stated in response to a suggestion by the town licensing officer that federal statutes prohibit such an arbitrary position.

I personally know Rae Anne Ornella to be a conscientious and hard working employee for the Town of Sylvan Lake. If your readers go back and read your article of Nov. 29th, they will clearly see that Ms. Ornella was not advocating for the rights of escorts and escort agencies; she was rightfully advising council on the legal experience of other communities and providing information to council on how to best respond to any future application for an escort license. In other words, she was doing her job and what is wrong with that?

Individuals who run for public office quickly learn to accept that criticism from constituents clearly goes with the job description, even when such criticism is often unfair and sometimes untrue. Town employees (and their families), however, must be shielded from such public displays of twisted logic and unwarranted personal attack.

Craig Little owes Ms. Ornella a public apology for suggesting she was being anything less than honest and professional in her presentation to council. In addition, the Sylvan Lake News usually intervenes or clarifies in significant cases of unfair personal attack and should have come to Ms. Ornella’s defense. What happened this time?

Richard Backs,

Sylvan Lake

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