Letter: Blowhards alienate instead of persuade
In response to several recent letters to the Courier, I would like to remind your readers that "thoughtful and civil" replies to opinions must be open and thought-out to be respected. Whether it is Buz Williams taking insults from his favorite targets, the "liberals," or readers rebutting one-sided opinions on the bloody Middle East religious dogma with equally one-sided responses, no one will ever change anyone's opinion or history by presenting only their own blind version of what they think they "know" or believe. No one is always right, always respectful, always insightful without at least considering they may be seeing only their side of an argument.
Our democracy has begun to degenerate into bought-and-paid-for rock-throwing by people who cannot be bothered to consider the facts or history of their beliefs. No one changes any opinions or presents an honest discussion with slanted, dogmatic agendas. You may feel you vented, but you just added to the smoke and ignorance being dumped on your neighbors if all you care about is being heard.