Local reaction to U.S. Capitol siege

Wed, 01/06/2021 - 9:00pm

    Alna Third Selectman Greg Shute said he was of two minds Wednesday on whether or not the board should meet as scheduled that night, hours into a siege on the U.S. capitol building. He could see canceling the meeting, but holding it would have its own meaning. “Tonight’s a really unprecedented night in our country’s history, and I just want to highlight that. It’s something that caused me pause, and ... I don’t know what the right answer was, whether to postpone this meeting or not ... and I think continuing with this meeting might just be a way not to give in.”

    Shute’s comment in the Zoom meeting followed an attendee’s asking if the board thought it might not be the best night to meet. “We’re undergoing some really scary things right now in our country. Things are spiraling out of control,” and perhaps the meeting could be held “when not so much is going on, ” Collin Roesler said in public comment.

    In other local reaction to the Washington, D.C. incident, First Congregational Church of Wiscasset Pastor Josh Fitterling told members in an email, he would be lighting a candle outside his home at 7 p.m. and spending 15 minutes “in prayer for unity, solidarity and peace,” in a statewide outdoor vigil with Maine Council of Churches and others. He invited congregation members to do the same “if you feel called to prayer in this way.” His email continued: 

    “So let us pray for peace to come and settle in the heart of our nation.
    “Let us pray for our leaders – for safety, wisdom and courage.
    “Let us pray for the law enforcement officers in harm’s way as they protect and serve.
    “Let us pray for the land that we call home –that love and justice will prevail.
    “Let us pray for America.”
    Asked via text later, why he felt it was important to take part in the vigil and share his thoughts with the congregation, Fitterling said: “Our nation is hurting right now. With the events of today and the overwhelming feelings they created, I felt the need to do something. And we can always pray. I wanted to share this with the congregation because I knew others were also holding the heaviness of this day and sometimes it is important to simply know that we are not alone,” he said.