To the Editor:

I cannot let Roy Marble’s letter of Nov. 1 (“Let’s regain control of our state and nation”) go unchallenged. I hope I am not the only one.

I recognize the rhetoric. I see no harm in eliminating “words and phrases that have been in common use for years” from my vocabulary if they cause harm, convey hate, show disrespect toward another human being. Words matter. Why would I want to continue to refer to another person with degradation? How does that improve my life?

Yes, I believe in human rights. I believe that children should not be ripped from their parents’ arms and placed in cages. I believe that desperate people seeking asylum should be helped. I believe in compassion. I believe in generosity.

I believe that citizenship requires thoughtful participation. Yes, we must inform ourselves. Yes, we must examine issues pertinent to our lives. Yes, we should vote. We should also be sure that voting is easy and accessible.

As for JFK’s famous statement, “ask not what …,” the Republicans have chosen party over country time and again during the current administration. I want to know what ballooning the deficit is doing for the country. Did that tax cut help you out? Then you must be among the 1 percent who benefited. Which, Mr. Marble, makes you an elitist.

Elizabeth Perry

Johnson

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