How about some ‘love and good will’ columns


I take issue with Daily Sun Publisher Roger Harnack’s Dec. 20 column. While some of the information may be valid, the overall tone is so divisive that I’m struggling to find the credibility. Don’t we have enough divisiveness in American culture to listen to such drivel? He talks about “urbanites” and “Democrats” and “Westsiders.”

There are letters to the editor submitted by many with their concern for God and religion. Why don’t we bring some of that spiritual energy into trying to stop the “us and them” side of our own human nature, and learn to get along?

Sure, it’s difficult, but we’ve been blessed with an intelligence we struggle to use. Isn’t this season supposed to launch us into the concepts of goodwill toward our fellows?

Granted, it is true that urban and rural living situations seem to call for different answers, but aren’t we supposed to care about one another, not constantly fight? Mr. Harnack seems to like the fight.

Why don’t we make commitments to ourselves during this holiday season to learn to listen to each other, and try to see things from perspectives that are not our own? This will help us to see solutions instead conflicts.

Water is becoming more of a serious issue, and human population pressures upstream and downstream are mounting. In the ruralscape, we may want to hold onto our first water rights and free and unregulated use and try to ignore that there are downstream neighbors.

Most of us have family and friends who live in those urban centers downstream and have just as much need for water as we do. It is incumbent upon us upstream dwellers to protect the purity of these waters, for ourselves as well as our downstream neighbors.

Mr. Harnack didn’t even consider our upstream responsibilities while he complained of our downstream family, friends and neighbors and the potential loss of our upstream freedoms. Why don’t we try to apply the lessons of love and goodwill that this season reminds us of, and solve our differences rather than create more problems?

Lynn O’Connor

Kettle Falls


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