I returned home from a weekend trip to learn that the side panels of a neighbor's front door had been defaced in indelible ink with obscenities and racial slurs. Such behavior is not only a criminal affront to this multi-racial family with school-aged children, it is an outrage to our neighborhood and our city. It is an insult to Hudson's history as a renowned abolitionist center and a compassionate stop on the Underground Railroad. It does not represent the people of the warm, welcoming neighborhood in which we raised our children, or the families and citizens of this city whom we admire and respect. Over our 37 years in this wonderful place, we have been personally enriched by people of every race, creed, and ethnicity. Hudson has a sister city in Germany and adopted an orphanage in Zambia. Our annual International Festival celebrates not only our global outreach, but our own wonderful diversity of cultures and ancestry. This is the Hudson I know and love. The small-minded bigot who slurred my neighbors, slurred all of us. I suggest whoever did this find another city in which to live; whoever it is doesn't belong here.
Penny Frese, Hudson