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Saturday August 13th

Letter: Neither party has a monopoly on hate


I think we have lost sight of reason’s light

It’s true Reagan once said, “We must fight.”

But not with each other.

I should treat you as my brother.

Or my sister.

Call old men mister.

An old lady should be ma’am.

We all fall under Uncle Sam.

With all this division,

Of course there has been a collision.

We need to make a decision.

To forgive, to accept,

To love and respect.

This should be something we expect.

“But they don’t,

So we won’t!”

Has become our nation’s rallying cry.

Do we honestly even try?

Or has all this gone to die?

Stand up for what you believe in, yes.

Without that we’d be in a mess.

But, if someone disagrees with your view,

You should listen, debate,

Pause, then educate.

Don’t give in to the bait.

I’m discussing all people who identify only by political spectrums.

Kindly remove your head from your rectums.

Neither side has a monopoly on hate.

Quit using pronouns to speak of the other side.

Call their names in conversation,

And extend your arms wide

With an invitation

To a civilized chat

Not a bout on the wrestling mat.

I leave you with this:

Listen First.

Remember this verse,

And don’t make the problem any worse.

Lane Dougherty



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