"The many tragic deaths, across America, that we have seen on city streets, in city schools, and in public places, are a reminder to all of the importance and value of each human life. In Biddeford, our strength, for centuries, has been our diversity, and it remains important that we embrace that diversity and celebrate our different cultures, religions, ethnicities, and races. Our renaissance and resurgence are linked to the many different beliefs and values of our people, and it is important to remember that respect for those who are different from us is the bridge that brings us closer together as a community and enhances our prospects for a safer, more satisfying quality of life, which each one of us cherish.
These recent tragedies demonstrate that the world is not perfect, but we, in Biddeford, can contribute to the creation of a better world by making our little corner of the United States a more welcoming, nurturing and just place for everyone. That is the goal of the government of the City of Biddeford, and it is our objective, every day, to respond as best we can to the needs of our people and carefully listen to the various points of view that enrich our political discourse."