USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - WEATHER - DIVI­SION IS PER­VA­SIVE Kun­jitham G. Gau­thaman

It is de­press­ing to turn on the news and won­der which tragedy has the most ca­su­al­ties or is more sen­sa­tional. What has this na­tion come to?

When I came to this na­tion, as an im­mi­grant, I was wel­comed and have been able to make a com­fort­able life for my­self and my fam­ily. I al­ways stood for what is right and law­ful. I felt equal to ev­ery­one else. I could say what I felt, whether it was po­lit­i­cally cor­rect or not.

As of late, I feel I have to be very care­ful and make only po­lit­i­cally cor­rect state­ments — which are not to ex­press my true be­liefs, if they’re con­trary to those of whomever I’m talk­ing to.

The divi­sion in our na­tion is not only per­va­sive but deep rooted. But the fish rots from the head down. And the ha­tred seems to be based on color, gen­der, re­li­gion, eth­nic­ity, dis­abil­ity, po­lit­i­cal power, fi­nan­cial means and loy­alty.

Our sit­u­a­tion is stark and in­flamed by the pres­i­dent. But is the pres­i­dent the only leader the Repub­li­can Party has? He’s the one who made more than 12 cam­paign ap­pear­ances in Oc­to­ber. Isn’t there an­other leader who can speak or make cam­paign ap­pear­ances? Or are these lead­ers un­will­ing to con­tinue with the same vit­ri­olic lan­guage as the pres­i­dent?

The elec­tions are not go­ing to solve this. What will? Hix­son, Tenn.

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