Respect others with different opinions
Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:05am NortheastG1
Opinions are like dreams – everybody has them. And while your opinion may differ from that of another, the great thing about the country we live in is everyone’s entitled to one, and rightfully so.
The U.S. Constitution protects this right under the First Amendment, which we believe some could use reminding of – the very reason we many times place it at the bottom of our Opinion Page, or Page 4A.
The First Amendment addresses freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition, stating:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Another great thing about the United States of America is that because we know everyone’s entitled to their opinions, though we don’t have to share their sentiments, we should be able to respect them and set an example for younger generations in how we address them. Mindless, anonymous and insulting attacks toward others whose opinions differ from ours are not productive.
Opinions are important because healthy sharing of viewpoints can ignite meaningful conversation and fuel constructive actions by communities in addressing key issues.
We value opinions, which is why our Opinion Page exists.
The Opinion Page features in every edition an institutional editorial – our editorial board’s comments on a relevant local issue.
Also, you’ll see, in addition to our staff, columns from members of our community who have the opportunity to discuss matters needing attention or resolution. Sometimes, columns consist of more lighthearted discussion, because life can always use a bit of relief.
Most importantly, the Opinion Page features the opinions of our readers in the forms of Letters to the Editor. We welcome any and all letters meeting our policy, even if it’s expressing disagreement toward a particular issue, story, column or even our editorial. All letters require is your name attached to them, because anonymous opinions are worthless.
Yes, we believe in freedom of speech and your opinion is just as important as ours.