To the Editor:
Mr. Chelo, in Shakespeare’s terms, is “shooting the messengers.”
In the March 15, 2012 Warwick Beacon, Mr. Steve Kohlman, owner of Majestic Cleaners near Chelo’s, states his employees “are sometimes frightened to report to work,” as drunk people sleep in their cars and park in his lot. His employees “don’t appreciate having to clean vomit and urine from the store lot.” Mr. Kohlman states he went down to Chelo’s five times and asked to speak to the owner. He explained to the manager that he wanted the owner to call him. As of March 15, he had not received a phone call from Mr. Chelo.
In the March 22, 2012 Warwick Beacon, Mr. Chelo states he invited more than 100 neighbors to a free lunch at Chelo’s “to talk about any concerns they had with the venue.” When Barbara Dickerson was the only person who showed up to the meeting to discuss concerns, he castigates her for doing so!
Barbara Dickerson devoted an entire career as a teacher and administrator educating emotionally disturbed children in order to improve their quality of life. We are fortunate in Warwick to have her in retirement continuing to exert her leadership skills as an advocate for the quality of life now for her community.
Catherine P. Murphy