Letter to the Editor: McGlaughlin-Ruger’s Call for Civility Demonstrates their Hypocrisy

To the Editor:

Mayor Kristen McGlaughlin’s recent call for civility at Hopewell Township Committee meetings, which was echoed by Deputy Mayor Michael Ruger, does nothing more than demonstrate their mind-boggling hypocrisy.

Where was their call for civility last year when members of the public asked the 2018 Kuchinski-Blake-McGlaughlin-Ruger majority at virtually every township committee meeting to be treated, not as an inconvenience, but with civility?

Where was their call for civility on February 26, 2018, when Mayor Kuchinski yelled bullsh*t from the dais at the township committee meeting?

Where was their call for civility on March 12, 2018 when speakers were cut-off from finishing comments by an arbitrary 3 minute time-limit, including such well-respected members of the community as Watershed Director Jim Waltman?

Where was their call for civility on June 25, 2018 when they voted to introduce an ordinance that contained false statements and, on July 30, 2018, when they voted that ordinance into law without allowing the public the time to read the 131 pages of material that were made first available that morning?

Where was their call for civility from July through October, 2018, when, for 4 months, the public’s right to speak to its township committee was hampered by cancelled and inconveniently re-scheduled meetings?

Where was their call for civility on November 26, 2018, when the Township Committee Majority’s hostility to the public resulted in Mayor Kuchinski abruptly cancelling a township committee meeting in-progress by a vote they supported?

Where have Ms. McGlaughlin and Mr. Ruger been for the past year as they conspired by their silence and support to allow disrespect of the public to reign at Hopewell Township Committee meetings?

Harvey Lester,


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