"I am aware of the flyer that landed in some people's lawns and am deeply disturbed by that action. I'm even more disturbed by any suggestion that there is a groundswell of support in Potter County for the Ku Klux Klan or any organization with similar philosophies. I have seen little indication that this is the case.
My observations are that 99 percent of Potter County residents do not support those beliefs. I can't think of one person I know who is not disgusted by the flyers or the reports that two organizations with at least somewhat similar beliefs have chosen to hold meetings in our county, covered -- as we all should be -- by fundamental Constitutional protections.
I'm reminded of the quote attributed to many sources, 'All it takes for evil to flourish is for good people to do nothing.' Community leaders, church leaders, as well as public officials who swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, should bear that in mind as they assess these developments and consider steps they might take to promote equality and denounce discrimination.
I would also hope that the media do not continue to piece together scattered activities by a few instigators or misguided people to continue creating a distorted image of Potter County as some kind of white supremacist enclave. That's an insult to the 99 percent of us who believe in freedom and equality without regard to race, gender or religious preference.