As a former Dodge Citian and son of one of its current citizens and a consistent reader of the Globe, I am sorry to see the back-and-forth that is continuing in the editorial section. Specifically, Kay Lynn Smith’s article.


    As a former Dodge Citian and son of one of its current citizens and a consistent reader of the Globe, I am sorry to see the back-and-forth that is continuing in the editorial section. Specifically, Kay Lynn Smith’s article.
    To begin with, I knew Kay Lynn while I was a student at juco and I found her to be, and still think of her, as a kind, nice lady. She’s always been a lovely person to be around, as I remember.
    That being said, I feel strongly about what is happening in this country, what’s being said, and the blame that each side is assigning to the other half. To begin with, I am an old-fashioned Kansas Democrat. Born and bred. I ran for county commissioner in 2000, was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention that same year and worked for Ethel Peterson in the Kansas House soon thereafter.
    But, for me, politics is strictly a science of two people discussing issues that they feel in their hearts and what they believe is the best for their community. I truly believe that our country is hurting right now.
    It is hurting with violence, people unable or unwilling to talk to each other like “gentlemen,” and violent rhetoric being thrown around to sell tickets, make ratings, get votes. Cheap shots, you might call it.
    I love this country and truly believe in the vote and will of the people. What ever happened to having a discussion without being so off-kilter that one can’t even recognize ourselves in the mirror? When did Americans become the biggest threat to America? I have long disagreed with certain elected officials but would never, ever support violent actions against anyone freely elected by it’s people.
    Why does it take a tragedy to get this country back on track (Kennedy assassination, 9-11, the Civil War)? What ever happened to the days when Tip O’Neil would have dinner with Ronald Reagan and actually do what is right for all citizens? Where “party” was second to flag and country?
    We are all Americans. It is very American to not agree with each other all the time. But this blame game and name calling and, yes, nasty rhetoric has got to stop. It only hurts ourselves in the long run.
    Stop blaming each other, stop referring to Satan when talking about a brother American, stop using hate and gimmicks to sell a story or get a vote. Let us not be known as the generation who did more damage to the American way of life since Al Qaeda.
    Democracy is a gift from God, and so is speech —among others. Let’s not waste our gifts on hateful tones that gives fuel to clearly dangerous and deadly people.
    We should all strive to be the children of liberty that we are,and stop and condemn this back-and-forth that threatens the soul of who we truly are. We are better than that… at least, we were. Is this the way we want to end things?
    Surely not. Surely we are better than this hate that is filling our collective voice.