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Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 12:15 am

Editor's note 11/9/17

 Mayor Jim Langfelder and some members of the city council who oppose the welcoming cities resolution are overthinking the issue. (See commentary, “Mayor trumpets anti-hate measure,” by Bruce Rushton,
p. 11.) They, like most lawmakers, know to be wary of fine print and hidden agendas, particularly if they aren’t the ones who hid them. If the welcoming resolution will make something bad happen, at least the opponents should tell us what it is. Absent a valid reason, Springfield should accept this measure for what it claims to be – an antidote for the climate of fear that is making too many sons and daughters of immigrants distrust basic American values. We agree with the mayor that the welcoming resolution is “just a tip of the iceberg.” Once Springfield reaffirms its belief in hospitality, diversity and global citizenship, all kinds of unforeseen benefits will rise to the surface. Mayor and council, don’t be afraid. Just say “welcome.” –Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO

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