FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) - Cheri McGee will never forget her roots.
"I'm a Appalachian at heart and proud of it," McGee says. "We're hard working people."
But McGee doesn't think Fairborn City Manager Deb McDonnell shares her sense of Appalachian pride.
"It just goes to show what she thinks of us," McGee says.
McGee and others in Fairborn have taken issue with what McDonnell wrote in a memo August 9th to city council about why she doesn't think the city should start providing mediation services.
In it she sites a work called "Appalachia Inside Out, a Sequel to Voices From the Hills Volume 1".
The quote she used from the book reads, "traditionally violence in Appalachia has functioned as part of a personal code of honor and integrity...in some cases fighting becomes a tradition..where personal squabbles are settled through bloodshed, and acts of revenge and retribution continue until the original cause of the conflict is lost to history."
She then goes on to write, "the staff does not believe any of the cases we would refer to mediation would actually seek to use it."
"When people read it they were just outraged," McGee says.
So 2 NEWS went to Fairborn's City Offices to ask McDonnell to explain what she meant in the memo but was told she's not commenting at this time.
The issue led one person to put a sign in their yard last week saying "Appalachians are Welcome in Fairborn."
McGee wants to see McDonnell removed.
"Fairborn is a good community," McGee says. "We're a strong community. We are fighting to keep our head above water but we need somebody who believes in us and I don't believe she does."
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