Respecting each other’s viewpoints
I wholeheartedly agree with John Winters’ editorial that opinions submitted to this paper should be polite. I do not despise those who disagree with me. However, I do dislike hypocrisy, untruths, and hate-mongering. With very rare exception, my letters are counterpoint to what I consider to be distorted views submitted from the far right. It is not my intention to change their opinions, but to offer an alternative view for others to consider. I always try to be civil, even when exposing someone's hypocrisy, and never say something untrue about them as has been done to me. All the stories mentioned in his editorial are heart-warming, and I appreciate the NTH bringing them to our attention, but they are non-controversial and do not elicit comment.
With the exception of Walter Jones and John Winters, as best I can recall, every regular columnist in the NTH, the political cartoonist, and "Georgia Says" are extremely right-wing, criticizing anything and everything President Obama and the Democrats do or say.
There is no regular columnist voice for moderate or liberal democrats, so I deeply appreciate Mr. Winters allowing others and myself to express our opinions, and I hope he continues to do so. My political bent has always been based on social and economic justice for those in our community and elsewhere. I make no apology for fighting poverty by advocating keeping American jobs in America, paying unemployment benefits, paying a livable minimum wage, fighting racism and bigotry, providing for those who cannot provide for themselves, and intervening into the institution of welfare through academic education, real sex education, counseling, providing contraception, and ensuring that poor children get a balanced meal at school.
I know Mr. Winters believes that the healthy exchange of ideas is important to a community and that his newspaper is a crucial vehicle in this endeavor. While disagreeing with my adversaries, I encourage their input and respect their right to express their opinions. I hope Mr. Winters will not only continue to print these exchanges but will encourage them.