As of Tuesday, February 7, 2017
I am writing in response to Jim Gribble’s letter last week [Feb. 1 issue] that he doesn’t understand the Democratic party’s attitude toward national politics or why so many people are protesting. He must not remember the protests after President Obama was elected. Yes, people protested, and yes, there was violence and property damage. Unfortunately, neither the Democratic or Republican parties are immune from having some members break the law in the pursuit of free speech.
People of all ages, races and religions are now protesting in larger numbers than any time since the 1960s. It is people’s right as citizens to speak out when they don’t agree with their government’s actions. The millions of people who have protested this year, including residents of Idaho County, have primarily demonstrated peacefully. They have exercised their free speech, which is clearly protected in the 1st Amendment of the Constitution. Jim has written numerous letters to the editor to express his opinions; I would hope he would respect other people’s right to free speech. Our country has always found strength from a diversity of opinions.
If he wants to understand the Democratic party, then talk to some Democrats. I suspect they are your neighbors, people you see on the streets, in the grocery store and the post office. No matter what your political party, it can be a good thing to talk to and listen to people who don’t agree with you. Who knows, you may even find some common ground.