Letters to the Editor

We must hope that Alexandria shooting will help Congress work together

A FBI Evidence Response Team marks evidence on the ball field which is the scene of a multiple shooting in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, after a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice, wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and several others as congressmen and aides dove for cover.
A FBI Evidence Response Team marks evidence on the ball field which is the scene of a multiple shooting in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, after a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice, wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and several others as congressmen and aides dove for cover. AP

My father was a college professor, and I grew up with politics at the dinner table, left, right and center, and learned how to discuss differences without rancor. And I am still capable of and willing to talk about politics with those I might disagree with, whether they are from the left or right.

However, those who would choose violence to further their own ends are not interested in politics, but in dictatorship — and they do harm to our democracy. We can hope that the shooting at the Alexandria baseball field will create a sense of “working together” in our Congress, which is very badly needed.

Clement Salvadori, Atascadero

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