The Punxsutawney Spirit

Letter to the Editor


Dear Editor,

The recent posting in the Jeffersoni­an Democrat’s police report of May 12 describing one woman’s ethnic slurs against another woman shows that our area is not immune from hatred toward “the other.”

As the demographi­cs of our country and even our rural areas change, we must change as well. Understand­ing “the other” means learning about different cultures and sharing the many things we all have in common. It means talking with a person who expresses fear of “the other” to learn why that fear exists. It means helping our children understand our similariti­es and reading with them some of the excellent children’s literature about “the other.”

The PA Department of Education has many resources available to help school districts provide a healthy and safe environmen­t where students thrive, and where every student, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientatio­n, gender identity or expression is provided the opportunit­y to learn — free from discrimina­tion, fear or bullying. If you have children, talk with them about bullying.

“The other” may be

Black, Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian, Hispanic or a mix, yet we all have much more in common than we have in our difference­s, and we all share in the benefits of getting along. President Biden cites national unity as the remedy for “the hate that remains a stain on the soul of America.” That remedy begins in communitie­s like ours. It’s time to give that “other” person a smile the next time you see them.

— Carole A. Briggs, Brookville

Excessive, offensive, stupid TV commercial­s and ads! Viewing public being ripped off! We pay $145 per month for 15-plus commercial­s and only one to two minutes of programs! Repeatedly, daily!

Television Viewer Protection Act was sent to Congress and Senate. Why should TV viewers pay for these companies’ ads to sell their products? There are other ways to advertise.

Please contact your senator and congressma­n now! Have this nonsense stopped! “We the People” must be heard, and something must be done to protect our rights now!

— Debra Mottern, Sprankle Mills

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