2017-02-02 / Opinion

Conversations Continue


We do not recall there being such a heated level of public discourse since the 2014 referendum on casino table games. As evidenced by these two pages of letters, our readers have a lot on their minds.

The latest issue to arise is the debate over the recent addition to WADK's lineup of talk show host John DePetro. While it is not our practice to weigh in on the wisdom of a neighbor's business decision, DePetro seems to have set off a firestorm both pro and con regarding his talk show program. We debated at length about the “fairness” of printing these letters. In the end, the decision was to let both sides have their say. The show seems to be a conversation all around town. One of the missions of these NTW pages is to encourage readers to make their own decisions and allow the pages to serve as a forum for people to continue conversations of local interest.

Two other letters this week are in response to articles our writers penned; one is on the regulations of marijuana by our legislators (NTW edition Jan. 19, 2017) and the other is Channing Memorial Church’s position on sanctuary cities (NTW edition Dec. 1, 2016).

One letter writer is responding to another, where both tackle the difficult and very sensitive issues of racism and educational inequality. Considering the current political climate in Washington and across our nation, it is good to see that concerned residents are relating the big issues to our city and what can be done here.

The focus of yet another pair of letters is The Breakers welcome center. Despite two recent Supreme Court rulings which would empower the Preservation Society to proceed with its plans, the conversation continues. Like the casino debate, both sides seem to have polarized our community, with the very definition of preservation at the core of each other’s stances.

In all of these examples, people are talking, or writing, about their viewpoints, and that is a good thing. The hope is that the conversations stay civil and that everyone can come to at least respect, in an amicable way, that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion.

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