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More respect needed in country

People’s column

Editor, OBSERVER:

Thanks to Loretta Slaton Torain and the entire Juneteenth Celebration Committee for organizing an inspiring Martin Luther King Day event.

There were powerful speakers, capped off by a recording from Dr. King’s final spine-tingling sermon. The atmosphere at the luncheon was warm, welcoming, and fraternal. It was a positive atmosphere, so different from political discourse today.

Dr. King reminds us that our similarities as human beings are greater than our differences as political creatures. These words are easy enough to agree with, in theory.

Sadly, we don’t always practice respect, patience, and tolerance in everyday life. As we follow the impeachment proceedings (and local politics, too), we need to give it a try. Martin Luther King Day reminds us to focus on common ground, because we’re all in this together.

GAIL CROWE,

Fredonia

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