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I should be able to express views without attracting vicious attack

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To The Daily Sun,
Last week, Bev Buker wrote a wonderful, thought-provoking letter. She spoke of giving thanks for all of our many blessings. She also lamented the "calling the kettle black" that happens daily in this forum. Bev takes great enjoyment in her senior companions. She feels that we should feel fortunate if we're not struggling to heat our homes and afford to feed ourselves. She reminded me that some folks have to eat cat food to survive.
I am fortunate to be able to volunteer at a local charitable organization. This facility provides tremendous support to the community. It is an all volunteer organization. Many of these volunteers are senior citizens. Some are on fixed incomes. Each week, they donate their time to help others. These folks are an inspiration to us all. There are staggering needs in this community.
Wouldn't it be remarkable if we could stop throwing mud and venom at everyone who disagrees with us? As a Democrat, I happen to support health care for all. I also support expanding Medicaid. I'm also appalled at $100 million being cut from the food stamp program,
These are my views. I don't expect everyone to agree with me. I should, however, be able to express these views — as an American citizen — without being subjected to a vicious personal attack. Instead of mudslinging and bludgeoning, can't we use this forum to find common ground and maybe — just maybe, find some solutions and help for those who need it?
Happy Thanksgiving.
June M. Huot