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Neighbors Growing Together | May 23, 2018

Let us all be decent

By Jim Turner | May 03, 2018

To the editor:

When we oppose someone, especially if we oppose what we consider to be unkind, cruel and insensitive behavior-even immoral behavior; we must be careful to not become what we say we most deplore in others.

James Comey’s recent book could have been a useful resource and a valuable historical document. Instead, it largely appears to be retributive and only a retributive response to someone he considers an enemy. It repeats the most salacious gossip available about a sitting President of the United States.

However any of us may oppose our president’s policies, even believe he is unfit or unqualified to be President of the United States, it does no good for our country to slander him, repeat gossip about him and/or try to destroy his character and reputation.

When we descend to the level of those we oppose, we become more like them. Even worse in some cases. Giving into feelings of resentment, hatred and hostility only increases all three in the environment we live in. And the example we set for our children must be foremost in our minds and hearts at all times.

I am not defending, justifying, or excusing anything President Trump may have said or done — or anything he has said and done. I am saying we all must take responsibility for the standards of our public discourse, what we say in print, and what we say in public.

Each of us, as citizens of the United States, are responsible for maintaining a sense of decency in our society and government and for providing a good example for our children whether our president and other politicians do so or not.

 

— Jim Turner, Fairfield

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