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A call to work as one  for a better future

To the editor:

I have subscribed to the Gazette for the over 30 years I have lived in the Valley and am gratified that we still have a local paper that reports on local news. I also usually enjoy the guest columnists that touch on national and international topics.

Though after reading recent Jonathan Klate and Jay Fleitman columns, I’m starting to see the two as negative shrill voices for the far left and right that really don’t add anything constructive to the debate. Just before the election, Klate trashed the democratic system by bringing up an unsubstantiated voting machine conspiracy and basically said voting for Obama is hopeless because the fix is in.

Guess what? Both candidates I voted for, Obama and Warren, won and we see the country endorsing other progressive causes such as gay marriage and ending the war on pot. Just after the election, Fleitman wrote that people who voted for Democrats are stupid, are fooled by the media and that Obama is not his president. After the tragedy we just witnessed in Connecticut, the president came out and spoke from his heart to all Americans. Jay, if you cannot see he is everyone’s president, I feel sorry for you.

I have been a long-term volunteer in my small town and served on committees and boards with people of many different political opinions. But as long as we were working for the good of the town, we managed to get along and sometimes even understand each other’s points of view.

Even when we have different political views, if we show respect and not scream at each other and call each other names, we may be able to work together for a better future.

Bill Pula

Pelham

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