We all have preferences and opinions, and should not constantly slam others for having a differing opinion — which shows less ignorance. Why argue when you can debate with logic and reason?
"Liberal" is not a dirty word, nor is "conservative." When you are on one side or the other, you hear propaganda, which is made to incite you to be staunchly entrenched in your party’s positions.
Describing a liberal as tolerant and open-minded may be a little off. To be fair, I am a conservative, so my slant is a little to the other side. But how tolerant is it to bash a conservative for his or her views? But for a conservative, how fair is it to slam a liberal for wanting to make the world a better place?
I can see the reasoning behind many of the liberal points, yet I chose to vote a different way. That’s my prerogative, just as it is the liberal’s choice.
One example: I don’t have to agree with the global warming theory, that we’re helping God to heat up the world, but I’m sure that we can all live a more "green" lifestyle by reducing gasoline consumption by making one trip to a store for many items instead of going to the store on a whim; by reducing, reusing and recycling; and by buying items that have less packaging or that have recyclable packaging.
I can do my part to conserve our natural resources, but I don’t have to fall for the idea that we are making our climate change. I can become "environmental" (thinking more fully about how I influence my surroundings), and I can listen to the theories and come to my own conclusions. For instance, I was taught that there were ice ages and then big thaws.
We can learn from each other, but let’s quit throwing nastiness at each other. All that does is make us look bad. Just like the cliché: Pointing your finger at somebody else means there are three fingers pointing back at you.
n Deborah Littleton of Tracy is involved in public relations, marketing, graphics and Web design.