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Wed, Oct. 23

Letter: Show some respect, not hate


This week [Aug. 31] to my great dismay, over a third of the Opinion page was dedicated to nastiness. The caricature had no humor nor satire to make it a cartoon. It merely propagated an unsubstantiated allegation. Maybe we should depict the Powell foundation when Colin Powell was Secretary of State?

The text is no better. It is a selective tour of history irrelevant to today’s political situation and a group of unsubstantiated nasty allegations and accusations against Democrats. If it weren’t so irrelevant, then perhaps we should note that Eisenhower’s platform looked quite a bit like today’s Democratic platform!

It follows that what today’s political scene holds is what is relevant. Who is consistently welcoming to diversity? Who engages in hate speech and encourages [directly or indirectly] acts of violence, physical and/or verbal?

While it might not be fair to call Chino Valley a center of hate [hate as demonstrated by this so-called opinion piece self-described as a rant], there are still many people in Chino Valley terrified to speak their minds except to their most trusted friends. So Chino Valley may not be a center of hate, but it certainly is not a center of love either!

It is my fervent wish that all peoples in Chino Valley and elsewhere can truly grow up enough with decorum to respect all others regardless of differences and always avoid the use of violence and of negative, abusive language in describing others and their beliefs.

Blessings and Peace to all,

Rabbi Dr. Adele Plotkin

Chino Valley

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