Writing in a "From the Right" column, James Regions decries the lack of civility in public discourse. Regions writes:
Why do people need to domineer and debase others with words that rip and tear more cruelly than any tiger's teeth and wound, deeply? Specifically, why are newspapers, radio, TV talk shows and Internet sites filled with vitriol and angry exchanges?
I fear that the fear of violent voices deters many from voicing their considered opinions. Certainly, few want the public political rostrum if it guarantees that they will become the target of ridicule from media on one hand and of angry e-mails, letters and personal confrontations on the other.
My hat is off to those who are willing to weather the withering blast of the verbose, bellicose critic's hate-filled rhetoric in order to take a political stance.