At the recent candidate panel discussion in Belfast on October 22, it seemed like three of the candidates, Ridgley Fuller being the only exception, blame Samantha Paradis, the current mayor of Belfast, for all of the local incivility we would all like to see change. Wow. And she wasn’t even there to defend herself!

We may not have agreed with everything Samantha said, but we definitely defend her right to say it. And we appreciate all of the time and energy she gave to Belfast, and her leadership around forming a citywide climate change committee. What does seem obvious is that she did manage to shake up the “old boys’ club.” Thank you, Samantha!

Donna Short, Meredith Bruskin, Swanville