Phone slander…

Dear Editor,

Today I received a phone message slandering and speaking disrespectfully towards Shelby Rognstad for mayor.

I am feeling sad, disappointed and angry to see something like this happen in our community. It’s not even remotely possible to take a phone call and message like this seriously because there wasn’t a real human person on the call, being that it was anonymous and automated.

I have lived in Sandpoint for over 10 years and was born in southern Idaho. One of my parents was born in Idaho and my grandparents and great-grandparents were born in this state as well. I was raised with the values of being genuinely good to others and to know that while I might not like someone else or even agree with their views, I can still do my best to be kind and respectful in whatever ways I know how. I can even still find some common ground.

One of the things that I have heard which draws many people to this town is the warmth and genuine friendliness of the people who live here. It is each action we make that creates that for ourselves and others. I encourage each person in this community to remember that regardless of who you vote for, kindness and respect is what will bring true health, well-being and vitality to all the people who live here.

Despite this phone message today, I know that Shelby Rognstad has good intentions and wants to bring these lasting qualities to our community in the best ways he can.

Thank you,

Jeannine Tidwell

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