Letter to the Editor: Sudler’s fact-free comments are irresponsible, inflammatory

Councilman Sudler’s irresponsible and ignorant statements that included a call for Silver Lake Park to be closed cannot be allowed to stand unchallenged by his colleagues on the City Council. I hope that the Council on Monday will publicly refute his inflammatory remarks to correct the record, and follow up with a public rebuke for making them.

Mr. Sudler’s suggestion that foul play is behind any tragic death — without a solitary shred of evidence, by his own admission — hurts the families of the deceased. His statements also call into question the integrity of the Dover Police Department and other law enforcement authorities.

Thankfully, they also reveal Mr. Sudler to be only an attention-seeker and self-promoter with a reckless disregard for the facts and an inability to tell truth from Facebook conspiracy theories.

If Mr. Sudler has evidence to back up his claims, then he should turn it over to the police and let them do their jobs. In the meantime, the Council and mayor should take immediate, public action to censure Mr. Sudler and strip him of his role as parks committee chairman. He clearly cannot he trusted with a position of responsibility.

Unfortunately, parks nationally are a prime location for people with suicidal intent. Our National Park Service sites, including locations with high levels of security and permanent staffing, deal with this issue regularly, and local city parks here in Dover are not immune.

If Mr. Sudler truly wishes to help people suffering from mental health issues or at risk of committing suicide, there are numerous respected nonprofit organizations and government agencies that work on those issues daily.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. It is staffed 24/7 to provide free and confidential support. If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out. Someone is always there to help.

Dan Shortridge

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