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The Commons
Voices / Letters from readers

Accentuate the positive

Originally published in The Commons issue #406 (Wednesday, May 3, 2017).

RE: “Hatred does grow in Vermont” [Letters, Mar. 29]:

Nothing like taking a positive and turning it into a negative.

First, I’d like to point out a quote from a wonderful 8-year-old boy: “It doesn’t say that hate doesn’t grow; it says it doesn’t grow well.

Even at age 8, he knew that the banner was a good thing. It has been making a lot of folks feel really good about the steps they are taking in their community.

Instead of criticizing, maybe try reaching out to the group for a conversation; you may find much in common.

While I respect the writer’s right to an opinion, I think it was a bit harsh to tell others how to practice their freedom of speech.

Pamela Simmons


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