I have been receiving many emails from readers who have strong opinions in opposition to those I have expressed in some of my columns. First and foremost, I appreciate all of those readers for taking the time from their busy schedules to write to me. This is one of the things that makes our country great. We can agree to disagree without fear of expressing our views.

The right of civil discourse is one we should never take for granted.

This week in our nation we are experiencing a time of fear due to the packages being sent containing explosive materials. It seems obvious that the motivation behind these potentially fatal bombing attempts is political. Whomever is sending the monstrous bomb mailings simply doesn’t understand what is at the heart of the freedoms granted to us by our Constitutions. We are encouraged to speak freely, to disagree, to challenge opposing opinions. What we are not granted is the right to translate those opinions into violent actions.

I know many of my readers think me naïve when I have written of “my grandmother’s common courtesy.” I have the emails to prove it! But, civility is not a dirty word. We have an obligation to allow to speak and listen to those with whom we disagree. This can be done and has been done throughout our history.

This is one of the things that makes the United States of America great.

Every president has had their problems with the press. Some responded with more vitriol than others. But, at this time, with the threat of being targeted with bombs for exercising the right of expressing one’s opinions, the press has done us a true service and should be acknowledged for it. By broadcasting and printing both the packaging and their contents; postal workers were alerted to what to be on the lookout for. And, in the case of one of these packages, addressed to someone whose mail is not scrutinized by government officials before delivery, a postal worker was able to identify the envelope and alert the proper authorities. The “fake news media” helped to prevent a possible deadly result from opening the package.

I find the blame game swirling about this bombing threat to be counterproductive. I think we all have an obligation to take back our right of CIVIL discourse without fear of bodily harm.

So, I say bring it on! Please continue to send me your thoughts and concerns. Agree with me or disagree with me – I want to hear it all. The ability to do this without fear is your right, my right, everyone’s right.

Wendy J. Levenfeld is a published novelist, playwright and columnist. Send comments to wendylevenfeld@gmail.com. Visit Wendy’s website at wendylevenfeld.com.

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