After spending various amounts of time, commenting on different postings on the Pleasanton Weekly, I wonder what has happened to civil discourse in this country. In the attempt to make a point, it appears that if one is not physically facing the other, then somehow it is acceptable to use derogatory terms to try to reinforce their viewpoint. Why have we accepted such actions/reactions from both others and ourselves that tend to attempt to degrade and/or insult others? The Pleasanton Weekly provides a wonderful vehicle for all of us to present our personal opinion’s and even sometimes with some facts to back them up. Why is it that if one disagrees, many times one resorts to thinly veiled insults. Can we not present an opposing viewpoint without resorting to name calling and personnel attacks? When the Pleasanton Weekly has to delete somebodies words or entire posting, should we not look to ourselves and question ourselves rather than castigating the Weekly for removing the offensive words? We should all look inward and remember that to present a good argument one can use the English language in the manner it was and is intended. Perhaps it is called conscience, and something we should reflect on before using words that have no place in a civil discourse.
“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.”
¯ George Washington