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I’ve read with interest the Letters to the Editor in recent editions of the Pilot. When I noted an earlier letter laced with vitriol and unsubstantiated statements, I thought it might be an outlier editorial decision to publish it. However, another letter in the March 19, 2021, edition contained similar hatred and misinformation, and it lead me to question whether this is the philosophic position of the ownership and editorial staff of the Pilot.

It’s a shame that we can’t have rational discussions or disagreements over policies or programs without spewing such ugliness purported to be facts, yet are nothing but opinions. It is so tiresome to hear how folks in our little rural slice of the country have all the answers to complicated social, economic and political problems, and that those answers are to hate some other segment of society and blame all of the ills on them.

It seems that most folks with whom I interact (i.e., retail sales, the food service industry, public workers, etc.) are genuinely nice people who look for a safe environment in which to raise their families. They rarely express the blame and hatred contained in the Letters to the Editor you have recently published. I realize that I am not forced to read these letters, but I worry that you are only publishing letters preaching divisiveness. I can only hope that there is enough of a quiet majority out there who believe in working cooperatively towards solutions to complicated problems, rather than simply blaming problems on others.

Gerard Thibeault



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