A call for civility
Here’s a challenge to people who write letters to the local papers or write columns for publication in the local papers. The challenge is to write about substantive issues without gratuitously attacking those who hold opposing views. Sometimes individuals’ actions or their motives for such actions should be attacked, but only if relevant to a substantive issue.
People should never be attacked for who they are, for their genders, for their professions, for their political affiliations, for their physical characteristics. There is plenty of important substantive discourse available. No one should need to resort to personal attacks as a substitute. In fact, personal attacks are an instant clue the writer has little of substance to say.