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Letter: No need for name-calling by public officials

With all due respect, the letter from state Del. Haven Shoemaker appearing in the Aug. 12 edition regarding the Maryland teachers' union response to Gov. Hogan's decision to not release $80 million for education was offensive. Not because Mr. Shoemaker believes the governor was correct in his decision, but instead because of his use of name calling and insulting language to describe the organization representing teachers in the legislature, the Montgomery County Senator, etc. When public officials resort to using clearly offensive descriptions and words that are meant to be offensive (whining, flunkies, ultra-liberal and "someone active in the Hillary Clinton campaign," "quit the bellyaching", etc.) they are taking the low road and one that most of us teach our children not to take.

Name-calling by public officials in my mind is not acceptable. We can disagree on reasoned positions and honest differences of opinion, but resorting to name-calling does nothing to enhance an argument and only serves to widen the gulf between people. I personally expect more from adults in general and public figures in particular as do most people I know. Unfortunately, political discourse in this country has been going down this road, but it doesn't have to continue. Make your argument, but please refrain from using insulting language. You will make a greater impression on your constituents if you take the time to do so and not rely on inflammatory language to make your point. This is not political correctness, but common courtesy.

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Robin Evers

Westminster

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