I just came across these words in a book called "Daring Greatly" by Bene Brown that relate to the discussion about online comments to the paper. She writes, “Dare greatly and put your name on your posted comments online. If you don’t feel comfortable owning it, then don’t say it. And if you’re reading this and you have control over online sites that allow comments, then you should dare greatly and make users sign in and use real names, and hold the community responsible for creating a respectful environment.”
I agree wholeheartedly.
Something to consider
Left-wing politics: A liberal or radical position from moderate socialism to yes, in an extreme form, communism.
Right-wing politics: A conservative or reactionary position from moderate capitalism to yes, in an extreme form, fascism.
I believe in the need for balance. We should respect both of our political parties and of course not want either extreme.
It’s important to remember that the Third Reich successfully transformed a rather decent, progressive democracy into a fascist state by dividing its people, attacking their government and suspending their independent judicial system.
Let’s be careful with our country, folks, we’re all in this together.
After playing with a new toy to make bumper stickers, I used one and went to town. At one of my stops I saw a use-a-ladder-to-get-in truck pull in behind me and its riders came over to talk. The elder gentleman told me my bumper sticker was disrespectful and I should remove it. I looked at his truck and saw his "One Big A$$ Mistake America" sticker, pointed and said, "You didn't find your sticker disrespectful to him, so I don't feel disrespectful to your man" and walked off; when I came back it was removed. What did it say? "Voted for Comm. in Chief. Got a Moron in Charge." Need more sticker stock.
Attending the Women's March, I noticed a man waving an American flag. I was touched and told him how it warmed my heart to see it here. His response was, "This is all Americans' flag".
A moment later, my husband said, "Isn't that Michael Steely?".
Sure enough, although the years have aged us, I recognized him as our old co-worker from the hospital.
We re-introduced ourselves and thanked him for his letters to the editor. We usually recognize his work by the first sentence: he nails it. His letters are well thought-out and concise. He lacks amnesia. He researches and is obviously educated. He eloquently and intellectually conveys his opinions.
And to the person who sent him and his wife excrement after his last letter: Shame on you! That level of immaturity will not promote effective discourse. It says more about you than anything else.
Well, keep up the good work, Michael. You're a rock star in our household!
Jim and Gloria Elder