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Solebury Township adopts policy of inclusion


A November 2016 statement about racism made by then-Supervisor Helen Tai became the official view of the Solebury Township supervisors Tuesday and will be forwarded to state and federal representatives.

The statement reads:

“The Solebury Township Board of Supervisors condemns all hateful and illegal acts that recently occurred in our area and across the country.

“We state unequivocally that Solebury Township is a community of respect, caring and inclusion.

“As a township, we will continue to welcome, value and do our best to protect every person, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation or nationality.”

Supervisor Kevin Morrissey said, “I know we can all agree that given recent events seemingly motivated by racism these words, if anything, are even more appropriate and need to be restated and respected.

“Regardless of our political orientation, I know our community supports the respect for the individual irrespective of a person’s composition. I also know our community and I believe the majority of the country views that racism should not be supported in any form by anyone.”

The board voted unanimously to officially adopt the statement.

In other business, Supervisor Chair Mark Baum Baicker announced three supervisors will once again participate in the Spelling Bee held by the Free Library of New Hope and Solebury at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at the New Hope-Solebury High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students 18 and under. Proceeds benefit the library.

Last year, Solebury Supervisors Noel Barrett, John Francis and Mark Baum Baicker competed – albeit unsuccessfully. But hope springs eternal and the trio is ready for another round.