Reader writes: Don’t disrespect this great nation

November 29, 2013 

Disrespect is a disservice to meaningful debate

What happened to journalistic standards? The disfigured reproduction of The Seal of the President of the United States of America on page 4A of the Nov. 3 edition saddened me greatly.

In 1959, I began a patriotic journey as a member of the U.S. Army. I learned respect. I trained to defend the ideals of this great nation. I never had to test my training in combat, but I was prepared and willing. The president was the commander-in-chief. The flag was the symbol we raised and saluted each morning and retired and saluted each evening. It never touched the ground. To deface the flag or any official seal of this great nation should never be part of our culture. We, the readers of your paper, deserve better. Consider the example this sets for our young people, who could and should be readers.

I have no issue with people who disagree with the policies of our president or any other political official as long as we disagree respectfully and engage in discussion and compromise that will lead to a helpful alternative that will provide a better political policy. The founders of this great nation designed our governmental structure around a two-party system. The very nature of this structure suggests that we will have differing opinions. Parliamentary procedures provide us with rules to respectfully move our ideas from the discussion stage to laws.

Good reporting and stimulative journalism are essential to a nation of informed citizens. Our government can be more effective when informed citizens respectfully interact with each other and participate in the political processes that keeps our nation great. We need you to respectfully stimulate our thinking. I am not offended by your ideas or thoughts that differ from my ideals, but I am offended by the suggested disrespect of the office of the President of the United States of America

Harold Holdeman


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