As we look forward to a “saved” Fourth of July amidst some significant local turmoil, I salute Ann Turner Kennedy for her worth-every-word June 20 editorial. She tactfully reminds us that tact matters, that the First Amendment, like the Second, must be interpreted responsibly.

Living in a small, diverse community means we should choose words that build up, not tear down, those who live here. Even though one party may have long standing dominance, those with differing views should not fear threats or intimidation when expressing them.

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