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Mailbag full of hostility

The Spokesman-Review

I can’t stand to read the letters to the editor written by some of our fellow Spokanites; in fact, I often skip over the section because the comments make me so angry that I feel I immediately need to toss back a couple of high blood pressure meds.

The letters are so mean-spirited and in total opposition to fostering a positive and cohesive community that it’s a wonder the Spokesman prints them at all. So many of the letters engage in name-calling and are so obviously disrespectful toward certain members of the community.

The disdain for environmentalists, Democrats and liberals is especially blatant, and that disdain extends to issues that these groups find important. The issue of climate change seems to be a favorite target for derision. The fact that temperatures drop below freezing and snow blankets the ground is seen by some as proof positive that climate change is a hoax. Climate change is real and we ignore it at our peril.

I’d like to encourage my fellow Spokanites to exercise some civility and respect when writing in to the Spokesman; there’s enough negative in the news as it is without us adding to it.

Levi Hanson



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