A letter published here on October 10 accused Jim Smith of being racist because he spoke to ACT for America, a hate group dedicated to anti-muslim, anti-immigrant paranoia. I don't know why Jim chose to speak to that group. He may have relied on what they told him. It was a mistake. But I do not believe that Mayor Smith harbors such views himself. I served with Mayor Smith on the Helena City Commission for four years and found him to be one of the kindest, most decent people I know. He presided over Commission meetings with efficiency and unfailing courtesy to members of the public. He voted in favor of the gender nondiscrimination ordinance. To attack Jim Smith's character is way off base.