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Fre­quent let­ter writer Gary Like chooses to get into a name-call­ing con­test with any­one who of­fers up a dif­fer­ing opin­ion than him­self. I choose not to do so. As for­mer first lady Michelle Obama ex­pressed, “They go low and we go high.” In my opin­ion, Like is a guy who is pas­sion­ate about pol­i­tics and wants our metro area to know how he feels, and he has that right through our cur­rent Free­dom of Speech guar­an­teed in our Con­sti­tu­tion (al­though I be­lieve Don­ald Trump would want to take that free­dom away along with many other free­doms we cur­rently en­joy). I was raised to know right from wrong, to be a pro­duc­tive mem­ber of so­ci­ety and to give back to the com­mu­nity in which I live. Like, in my opin­ion, by his many hate­ful and di­vi­sive let­ters ex­press­ing his po­lit­i­cal rhetoric is an ex­treme-right con­ser­va­tive. Not name call­ing here, just ex­press­ing the ob­vi­ous. While pol­i­tics af­fect us all, pol­i­tics cer­tainly are not the most im­por­tant part of my life. I value fam­ily, health and friends much more and am a glasshalf-full type of guy with the hope for all of us and our coun­try that we will all ex­pe­ri­ence a brighter fu­ture. I wish all a very happy hol­i­day sea­son.

– Dan Varady, Belleville

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