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Thu, Oct. 22

Editorial: Apply community values, respect this week

The Prescott area that most of us fell in love with has a community feel, not one of division or derision.

We have a chance to prove our mettle this week in a milestone situation.

President Donald Trump is coming to the Prescott Airport on Monday, Oct. 19, and it is an opportunity for us all to re-embrace the character trait of respect.

With all of the protests — for Black Lives Matter, Postal Service, women’s rights and more — that we have seen here over the past few months, we would like to keep our slate clean.

We ask that everyone respect the expected crowd-control efforts and parking.

Let’s respect the law enforcement officers who will be out and about.

We also need to respect people’s rights to not only see and hear the president, but also the rights of those who want to peacefully express their freedom of speech.

For those who have intentions to not be peaceful, or those who wish to deny others’ rights to speak out, we have no respect for that.

And for those who are coming in from out of town, please remember this is our home; respect the fact that you are a guest here.

We’re told this is the first time a sitting president has been here in decades.

Still, you may not agree with Trump’s politics, you may not like his personality or leadership style. However, he is our president.

Short of that, we should always at least show respect for the office of the president.

This is about treating others the way we want to be treated, being considerate and honoring the feelings, opinions and property of others.

This is our hometown and we can approach this in a spirited and resilient way on a national stage, or we can fumble and wish it had been different.

Let’s take the high road, everyone.

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