So many questions (“Marblehead police officers kept silent on swastika,” Aug. 12, Jewish Journal):
Why did it take so long for the Swastika outrage to come to the public eye?
Why was the police officer whose car was scratched with said symbol not angered enough to seek help from agencies (I thought the police was one of these agencies) who prosecute hate speech or hateful acts?
Why was the neutral investigator of this heinous act an officer, himself, in a neighboring community?
How can we get the community and the Marblehead Police Department to come together and confront the issues?
I suggest several days of mediation to fully grasp the wider problems that culminated in this one act. Massachusetts has a state Office for Mediation, called the Massachusetts office of Public Collaboration and Mediation. The Anti-Defamation League is another professional group with experience in the collaboration of many minds.
The parties should decide how to go forward and with whose leadership, but I do hope the present investigation is not considered the conclusion. Too many facts and feelings are unresolved. What can be done to change the future?
Barbara Younger, Danvers