It was with some concern that I read a June 17 letter that was filled with anger, invective and sarcasm directed at the political party now in power, along with its leaders. Sunday’s edition contained much of the same.
In light of the violence that occurred in Washington and the pleas from national leaders from both parties, the question is whether the Herald-Leader will encourage its readers to begin toning down the extreme negativism that is gripping our nation.
Our country may be at the point where our citizens feel so strongly about their beliefs that we are not far from an epidemic of events like the shooting in Washington.
The Herald-Leader could lead in toning down the rhetoric, which would bless our commonwealth as well as the country.
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Such action would not deprive anyone of their First Amendment rights.
What is happening in our country today is very close to shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater. Is it not time to encourage those of strong opinions to exercise reasonable restraint rather than giving them a constant forum in which to express highly inflammatory opinions?
Isaac B. McDonald