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I must say I was pleased to read the editorial, "Choose civility, please" (May 31), which addressed the recent controversial photos of Kathy Griffin in an terrorist-like pose with a simulated bloody head of President Donald Trump. When I saw the news that Ms. Griffin was fired from CNN and universally rebuked, I honestly wondered if The Sun's editorial board would write in mild support of Ms. Griffin's exercise of First Amendment rights or just ignore the incident all together.

I am thankful that there is at least one group of people left at The Sun who is not so biased in their anti-Trump views that they do not recognize when things have gone off the rails.

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We live in a time in our American culture in which society takes a turn to the extreme much too often. It seems that traditional news media has become so heavily dramatized ("info-tainment") that it is difficult to parse through the hysterics and get to the facts. Since the November 2016 election, each day brings new "outrage" from one group or another with increasingly unhinged rhetoric that borders on violence. Ms. Griffin took the extreme escalatory rhetoric from various news outlets and violence-inciting liberal groups too far. I am happy to discover that even the post-election Baltimore Sun acknowledges that a boundary of human decency still exists and should not be crossed.

We must recognize that the increasing level of hate and violence that has percolated through our country's political realm in recent months is taking a toll on our culture. As the Sun editorial points out, we can still choose to treat each other respectfully. We can choose to let love trump hate, and engage in productive, civil dialogue instead of constantly shouting each other down.

In the past few weeks, I've been reminded of a saying that self-help gurus preach (and we know Baltimore could use some self-help right now). The saying goes something like: "Instead of being anti-something, be pro-something else." Instead of being anti-Trump, can we be pro-the success of our country? Instead of being anti-conservative or anti-liberal, can we be pro-diversity of thought? Hillary Clinton had an important slogan last year: "Stronger Together." I encourage our society to stop the hateful rhetoric and stay strong together.

We will disagree with our neighbors sometimes but we don't have to publicly behead them in retaliation.

Remember, our enemy is not each other; it is extremism. As Robert F. Kennedy said, "What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents."

Charlene Cowan, Baltimore

The writer is vice-chairman of the Baltimore City Republican Central Committee.

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