The Fisher distraction
May 17. 2017 9:44PM
To the Editor: The uproar about the statements attributed to state Rep. Robert Fisher is a distraction from the important work to be done and undone in the General Court.
I was out of the country when the first stories about this appeared in the media, and I have not read the actual statements attributed to Fisher. But there appears to be no accusation that any of his statements, however odious (and with which I definitely do not agree,) were made in the course of his service as a state representative, nor that they in any way were reflected in any of his votes in the House.
When people are elected to serve in the General Court, they do not give up their rights of free speech (even odious, hateful speech) as a citizen, especially when done out of the context of their legislative service.
Although he is in his second term in the House, it is almost a certainty that there will be several candidates lining up to run against him if he seeks another term or higher office. Whether he continues in the General Court or not should be determined only by the voters in Belknap County District 9, his district.
All of us, whether we serve as elected officials or not, are frail humans, with flaws, faults, and failings. And I suggest that the statement attributed to Jesus is appropriate in this situation: “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”
REP. NORMAN SILBER