Letter to the Editor: A Plea for Respect and Decency

The mean spiritedness and ugliness that is rampant in our country has to stop. And I believe this has to stop at the top with the election of a new president. Our democracy needs responsible presidential conduct from the leader of our great county.

We don’t have to agree with our neighbors or particularly like their choice of life style or beliefs, but we can respect them and let them live as they see fit. And I hope they would let me do the same. This is called freedom and democracy. This is what America is all about.

What’s happened to the idea that we all share a common humanity, that we all want the same things for ourselves and others?Regardless of religion, skin color, who we love, what we believe, we are part of the same country and the same world and deserve equal respect.

It seems far off but 2020 will be here before we know it, and we will have a chance to chose new leadership for our country. I would urge us to look for common ideals and ethical standards in the next president we elect. I’ll be looking to support a presidential candidate who is truthful, who will be the president of all Americans and will create and support policies that are beneficial to all segments of our society. I don’t want to have to cover up my grandchildren’s ears so they won’t hear lies, divisiveness, bullying language and just plain meanness.

Let’s work to elect a president our children and grandchildren can admire and aspire to be. Let’s remember what Abraham Lincoln said on Feb 27th, 1860 “Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.” Let’s keep our eyes, ears and minds open, speak up, get out the vote, and work for positive change in the 2020 presidential election.

Glenna Peters

Sister Bay, Wis.