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Let us change the tone of our dialogue; we are all Americans

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To the editor,

Hello Laconia, and Lakes Region. I am a resident of Laconia, a city I love dearly. Well, I love most things, but I have concerns about a few things too. Some of my deepest concern is about the way we talk to each other in print, and the lack of respect we display for our local, state and national leaders.

Civility and respect seem to have become a lost mannerism. Most of MY friends are conservative, and many of them wear it on their sleeves. That is their ...

To the editor,

Hello Laconia, and Lakes Region. I am a resident of Laconia, a city I love dearly. Well, I love most things, but I have concerns about a few things too. Some of my deepest concern is about the way we talk to each other in print, and the lack of respect we display for our local, state and national leaders.

Civility and respect seem to have become a lost mannerism. Most of MY friends are conservative, and many of them wear it on their sleeves. That is their right. I tend to disagree with a lot of what they say or believe, but respect their opinions, and only throw a BS flag when they are merely repeating what they “heard” or “read” in an e-mail, or Internet link, without research to verify it’s truthfulness.

One thing I think many folks seem to forget is that we are all on the same team. In a national crisis, that is apparent. We support each other, and support our elected leadership, no matter the party we, or they, belong to.

So, the point of this letter is to plead for civility. Folks, we are all Americans. I am not sure just exactly when the train left the tracks, but I find it offensive when we trash our president. He or she is the elected leader, ostensibly, of the free world, and due to the fact that we are a democracy, that person deserves his or her country’s support. To undermine a sitting president, especially at the get-go, is to undermine the effort to improve our collective lot.

Every new administration, no matter the party, seeks to improve our lot. Why undermine that attempt? They were elected to do just that. We will always need improvement. Society is never perfect. Following a national election, a majority, or at least a plurality, has spoken. Let’s give any elected official at least a chance to enact policy. But more than that, let’s respect one another, and practice civility.

My thanks to The Sun for being absolutely consistent in its willingness to publish even the most regrettable of letters. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are alive and well here. Can we all, together, as teammates, strive to improve the product? How about a concerted effort? Let us change the tone of our dialogue that has existed for some years now. Let us drop the vitriol. Now.

As Abe said, “United we stand, divided we fall”. I fear that we are perilously close to the fall.

John Walker

Laconia