Letter: All about respect
Let me say that I really enjoy living here in Chino Valley as I intended to retire to a quiet life. Granted things are changing and progress is on the rise.
As I read a letter to the Review (dated Sept. 14, 2016) I found it to be the somewhat confusing as I personally have not encountered any hatred or disrespect. There seemed to be an issue with respect and how people have a fear of expressing themselves.
I am sure there are some that have encountered disrespect by others who:
▶ threaten to sue the town
▶ stand in the way of town workers who come to clean out our drainage system
▶ call Christians idolaters for praying in the name of Jesus.
▶ have weeds covering their front yard making it difficult for those with breathing issues to have a better environment.
▶ walking around with a mask demanding to know what a neighbor is spraying on their private property
▶ trespassing on private property to pull weeds
I think that the divisiveness political parties brought to light that there is still work to be done among ourselves to see where the discrimination really comes from. Was it learned? Did something happen in our lives that have soured our views of persons that are different from us? Is it religious beliefs?
Have we forgotten our own history? Then maybe it is time to revisit it. We are a melting pot of many races, religions, background, expertise, strengths and weakness and together we form the fabric of this country.
As an American you should never be afraid to express your thoughts. However, that should not give you the right to impose your belief on anyone. I think we can hold conversations in a way that is respectful and still get our point across without insult, or violence. Let’s all try to follow that Golden Rule — So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.