The News Tribune published a letter Aug. 30 headlined, “Beware of letters from the right wing,” which made two incorrect assumptions. One was that I, the writer of a previous letter, am a “right winger,” which I am not. And two, that there is a conspiracy from out-of-staters to target Minnesota and Duluth for political reasons. The writer of the Aug. 30 letter might be surprised to learn that some people leave Duluth — and even move to other states — and sometimes the News Tribune is our only connection to our hometown. More frightening is how people can make uninformed assumptions and then use them to create conspiracy where there is none. When someone is so blinded by their personal or political beliefs that they refuse to even listen to other points of view: that can be divisive and has been a catalyst for racism and other forms of discrimination for centuries. We cannot decrease mass murders, racism, or other hate if we cannot have reasonable discourse. Reasonable discourse can only happen if we are able to discuss issues sincerely with the common goal of a successful outcome. Sadly, when politics are in the mix, the chances of this… Read full this story
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