For those who feel it’s necessary to negatively comment, by way of the internet, on personal opinion letters to the editor, I express sympathy. I recognize lack of self-esteem and the need to lash out at those we resent simply because we disagree with them.

Hateful remarks are a definite sign of jealousy. Among school-age children, those who spew vicious insinuations, make fun of others and ridicule those who may be superior to them are known as bullies. This unhappy group is to be pitied and prayed for as they trudge through each day, wallowing in self-made sorrow.

Almost everyone has opinions, memorable events, ideas to share and stories to tell. There are those who truly enjoy everyday life experiences, surviving by way of appreciation and a good attitude. These are the ones who do not spend time writing cruel “reviews” simply because they disagree with or dislike someone they’ve never met or spoken to.

Recently being informed of hate-filled responses made regarding various letters I’ve written, guarantees I will never reduce myself to reading such garbage.

We must acknowledge that there are those who cannot hold their tongue, show kindness, or respect other’s ideas and views. Instead, it’s necessary to find fault in those more educated, open-minded and acceptant of what makes each person unique.

Difference of opinion is normal and expected. Hate is unhealthy and slanderous attacks are shameful.

I learned, a long time ago, that forgiving and praying for the enemy is good. Happily, I’m on the right track.

Joanie Welch

Inverness

(8) comments

CitrusCo Citizen

Here ya go, Joanie, since you love animals so much: Trump is gutting The Endangered Species Act (ESA), which currently protects 1,663 animal and plant species, 388 of which are considered threatened and 1,275 are endangered. The law has been credited with helping bring multiple species back from the brink of extinction, among them the bald eagle, the humpback whale, The California Condor, polar bears, gray wolves, manatees, etc. This will clear the way for new mining, oil and gas drilling, and development in areas where protected species live. According to you, Joanie, we should just forget about it and love one another?

Ssabmud

Joanie wrote, "I learned, a long time ago, that forgiving and praying for the enemy is good. " Nothing about loving 'one another' as people, just talks about enemies.

jens

I wonder if Joanie really pays attention to what her mentor Trump says. The hateful comments he spews are not relevant to her I suppose.

Her letter is full of insults to people that dare question her beliefs.

Clean up your own nest Joanie before touching on anyone else's comments.

KerryM

“I will never reduce myself to reading such garbage.”

Dang, I just reduced myself to reading garbage. I must remember to check the author before proceeding.

CitrusCo Citizen

Yes, do check out Joanie's writing. You'll find quite a pattern there. Hypocrisy, kindness directed to animals and not humans, and a penchant for rambling. I usually can recognize her writing from the first line, then I scroll down, see her name and SKIP IT! Life is too short. Sadly, she doesn't go on the "worldwide web" and will never read our critiques--she types or handwrites letters and snail mails them in to be published in the Chronicle and never responds. Again and again.

Ssabmud

A letter that is an absolutely prime example of "those who feel it’s necessary to negatively comment". 1.) "I recognize lack of self-esteem..." 2.) "...the need to lash out at those we resent simply because we disagree with them". 3.) "Hateful remarks are a definite sign of jealousy." 4.) "Among school-age children, those who spew vicious insinuations, make fun of others and ridicule those who may be superior to them are known as bullies." 5.) "This unhappy group is to be pitied and prayed for as they trudge through each day, wallowing in self-made sorrow." 6.) "These are the ones who do not spend time writing cruel “reviews” simply because they disagree with or dislike someone they’ve never met or spoken to." 7.) "...guarantees I will never reduce myself to reading such garbage." 8.) "We must acknowledge that there are those who cannot hold their tongue, show kindness, or respect other’s ideas and views." 9.) "Instead, it’s necessary to find fault in those more educated, open-minded and acceptant of what makes each person unique." 10.) "Hate is unhealthy and slanderous attacks are shameful." Appropriate that this should all end with Number 10.

CitrusCo Citizen

This brings to mind some of the most hateful, racist, and dangerous posts made and shared about President Obama, the First lady, and their two daughters, as well as Senator Hillary Clinton and her daughter, and of course, her husband. I couldn't believe what I saw and read and it was sickening. Is this the new normal, I wondered? Now I know that much of that hate was posted by the Russians to stir up underlying hate in a naive America, and divide our nation, in order to get Trump elected. But, nonetheless, those thousands of hateful messages were gleefully spread via social media from one American to another. Is Joanie only just now realizing there's a lot of hate out there in social media or is she on her way to redemption?

Ssabmud

One has to want redemption to achieve it.

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