The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

March 20, 2014

Respect others' opinions

The Commercial-News

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I often comment on letters to the editor on the Commercial-News’ website. More often I sit back and shake my head in disbelief at the way some people respond to the author or comments from others.

Simply because they disagree with a comment, the poster is “stupid,” an “idiot” or they are “poorly educated” or a “know it all.” Then they hide behind “freedom of speech” or “freedom of the press.” when neither really apply.

What it really comes down to is rudeness and intolerance toward others. Seems more and more people think their opinion alone is the only one that matters and all others are wrong. They become angry or offended by any difference of opinion and lash out with rude and sometimes inappropriate comments.

Engage in a discussion on whatever the topic. If you disagree, simply say so. There is no need to resort to name-calling. If you become offended or angry, simply leave the discussion or take time to cool off then come back and resume.

I have engaged in discussions in this forum that lasted days, and, on one occasion, for three weeks. We did so without anger or name-calling. Although we disagreed on the topic, we did form a friendship as a result of our interaction. Everyone seems quick to point out what a great place Danville is and how friendly its residents are. Outsiders who happen upon the comments of some posters in the Commercial-News letters to the editor might just form a different opinion.

Come on people, be civil with each other. Show the same respect to others that you expect from them, or as my grandmother used to say, “Don’t be so middle school” (immature).

Fred Hubbard