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Hopes may die

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and ou posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.”

It is often said: “The North won the war and the South won the peace.” The reality of this statement is clearly seen today. Republican legislators in red states, through gerrymandering, voter suppression and, if necessary, by canceling election results in order to pick candidates of their choice, have planned to “defeat” our democracy. On Nov. 8, 2022, hope for a “more perfect union” and for insuring “domestic tranquility” may die and the dreams of our founding fathers could be shattered.

I’m greatly saddened to see this happening to my country.

Barry Peckham

Ashland

Violence against neighbors

I am deeply concerned about the angry rhetoric of some leaders who are attempting to justify violence, calling it revolutionary. Violence against your neighbor is not revolutionary.

We share your concerns. We also share a custom of dialectic resolution, talking things out.

The grievances put forward by these angry leaders are not revolutionary. They are cynical attempts to manipulate and they show little regard for civic norms. Even a duel has its rules. We abide by the rules to exemplify our own dignity and display mutual respect.

Please forgive my evangelical fervor, but we must abhor the act, not the person. We must clearly denounce the promotion of violence by these leaders.

I would humbly suggest a truth and reconciliation commission to sort these things out. My respect for my neighbor leads me to love, not violence. Please join me.

Tom Espinosa

Medford