Your op ed piece about Merle Haggard hit a note! It’s not that we should not criticize our leaders or policies it is our duty to do so. However the manner in which the criticism is delivered is a large part of the issue. The vitriolic, crude, vulgar manner used is not appropriate regardless of which side you are aligned with. Then some factions shout “racism “ when they are criticized, when non is intended. This doesn’t help dialogue.

Vern Larson 


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