First let me wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Blessed New Year. I hope 2018 is a special year for you and yours. Now, the reason I am sending this is that I just read the Star from the week of Dec. 20. (I was off meeting my new granddaughter.)
I cannot begin to thank you enough for your wonderful commentary on the lady driving around with that ugly message on her truck. I have struggled between her right to be heard and the “vulgar, profane message of hate” she is so publically espousing. I was so moved that I asked my wife to read your article. After she read it she told me she, “was glad you said something” and that “it was the right thing to do but not many will do it.”
I agree that this is more than free speech; it is hate speech and should not be condoned by anyone, especially a State Representative.
Mr. Southern, it is hard not to get caught up in these verbal barrages and your article served as a reminder to me to be aware and on the lookout for my own willingness to reply in kind and that I need to try to be a voice of calm out there in this hailstorm of hate being perpetrated by both sides of the political aisle. Thank you for standing up for me, and reminding me to try to find a positive way to reply.
Again, Happy New Year,