Letter: Society needs common ground | PostIndependent.com

Letter: Society needs common ground

In a recent editorial, the Post Independent pronounced that from this day forward, letter writers and columnists cannot call human beings “illegals” or “anchor babies.” I call this a good start.

Historically, the Post Independent has been a soapbox from which any kook or nut can scream invective. A friend once told me that he never reads the letters because they make him feel ill. I know the feeling.

The Constitution guarantees free speech. So you can hate your neighbor. That’s your right. But no newspaper has an obligation to print your vitriol.

I’m not suggesting censorship of any idea or point of view. What I am saying is that this newspaper can insist that columnists and letter writers be civil. Not nice. Civil.

Our deeply fractured society needs to find common ground. Nothing is more antithetical to this than the shoot-from-the-hip hate too often spewed forth on the letters page of the Post Independent.

On his plane ride back to Rome, Pope Francis confided to NPR correspondent Kokie Roberts that power is fleeting, and that when you have it, you need to use it for good.

Post Independent editor Randy Essex has the power. He just needs to wield it.

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