- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 11, 2011

An obviously unbalanced individual commits a horrible act, and a lawmaker of conviction is tragically injured. Right away, those who are convinced they know what we want better than we do and see nothing wrong with forcing it on us are cynically using the Tucson tragedy to cast blame and squelch opposition by anyone who disagrees with them.

Rather than being intimidated by blame, we must have the courage of our own convictions. If anybody is to blame for one nut case going off, perhaps it’s the ones who appeal to “civility” as a means of cutting off all legitimate debate. I suggest that suppressing political disagreement is just as certain as any rhetoric to arouse the discontent of those who are already feel marginalized.

STEPHEN KOSCIESZA

Silver Spring, Md.

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