UPDATE: “I don’t know where you are from, but I am happy you are our neighbor.” It is in English, Arabic, and Spanish. Mr. Cook said that he will post this sign exactly where the offensive images used to be. We had a wonderful meeting with Mr. Cook, his wife, nephew, and several Lake Area Disposal Employees.
Some called for a boycott while others demanded an apology — reactionary responses that do not cure the root problems emanating from easy snapshots of others. The Islamic Society of Greater Springfield instead sought to bring together the parties with civility and compassion by sending the following letter to Mr. Cook, the owner of Lake Area Disposal.