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A spark of light 01-28-2011

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Letter to the editor by Joe Peck

It is unfortunate that a horrific event like the shooting in Arizona has to occur before people who dare to call themselves civilized stop and consider that words can be weapons.

I concede that a straight line cannot be drawn from violent political rhetoric and imagery to the heinous acts of a mentally disturbed individual. It is also true that this reprehensible hate mongering cannot be exclusively pinned to one political party.

Even as we mourn the needless loss of good civil minded Americans simply participating in the political processes necessary for true congressional representation, can’t we just agree that political rhetoric with unnecessary violent language and images will not be tolerated regardless of which side issues it. That would be the spark of light which tries to illuminate the darkness that most of us are feeling right now.

Joe Peck

Dunnellon