Belittling others serves no purpose.

We live in America where free speech is a right and personal opinions are valued. However, belittling others whose opinions differ from yours has nothing to do with the freedom to express your opinions. It has everything to do with verbal "bullying" in an attempt to make oneself feel better and self-important.

I personally feel sorry for Mr. Shellabarger. His world must require very narrow parameters in order for him to feel secure. My world feels secure when I know each person is free to state their opinion without fear. Sharon Ramirez’s opinion is as viable as mine or yours.

I want to say back off, Phil Shellabarger. Address your opinions as opinions without the virulent animosity aimed at specific people. As I recall, people with your attitudes and ways of self-expression were called Fascists.

Meg Smith

North Bend

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