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Disagree, but stay civil

April 5, 2014
The Marietta Times

A man/woman can and will often be judged by the words that flow from his/her mouth. My great-grandparents, grandparents and parents used to tell me this all the time. Being civil even when you and another party do not agree seems to be a thing that I see less often. A friend told me of this piece in the letters to the editor and wanted my opinion. As I was reading the letter I was shocked at the tone and the many inaccuracies. I felt a need to respond. It would seem that an angry and caustic letter was published about Councilman Roger Kalter for his stand on the property maintenance code. While I don't always agree with Kalter on issues, the one thing that I do know is that he loves this city, works very hard to support growth and does everything he can to make Marietta a better place to live. I don't believe that I know of anyone who has spent more of his personal time to help others. Does anyone donate as many hours for community service as he does? There may be, but I am not aware of anyone. So where is the respect for all the good things he does and has done for this community? A letter that was informative and supported the author's point of view about the property code would have been more effective. Instead it was, in my opinion, a personal attack. When I read personal attacks I tend to dismiss them because they are designed to sway someone/people to the writer's point of view using emotions and theatrics. Often there is an agenda. This is not how I want to make decisions on important issues or evaluate the turmoil going on in my community. Facts are needed not emotions or personal agendas.



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