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April 18, 2013

There’s no need for negativity

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

The disaster at the Boston Marathon is an example of what hate can do.  If enough people continue to spread the words of hate, some person is bound to internalize the diatribe and act on it.  Hate seems to be an excuse for inhuman, cowardly and stupid actions.

In last Sunday's Transcript, a writer apparently tried to disguise his feelings behind words, evidently written to cause an adverse reaction in other people.  The words show a contempt for President Obama, liberals, government and the Democratic party and to compare them with Socialists and Marxism. (What is pseudo-Marxism?) For good measure, he threw in 1st and 2nd amendment controversies. He never stated his actual concerns and how those concerns affected him. 

Mr. Writer, the president was elected by a majority and serves our nation.  Democrats are free, as you are, to believe as they do about the amendments.  You may disagree with the way parts of government work.  At times we all do, but radical adjectives will not change the political agenda.  It stirs up unneeded resentment.

May I suggest, when your negative feelings overwhelm you, that you write thank you letters for people and services  that make your life better and for jobs you can't do by yourself.  You should be thankful someone fought for government-financed highways, electrical systems, hospitals, schools and probably your own home.

We may never know the reason someone chose to bomb Boston's marathon, but as citizens, we may help prevent similar disasters by toning down our negative rhetoric.  

NADINE JEWELL

Norman

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