LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Can't we try harder to get along?

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How refreshing to read some positive comments in the paper that urge us to think of others more than ourselves for a change. The column in the Sept. 5 paper by the Rev. Tim Hays of Assumption Catholic Church in Walla Walla offered an inspiring viewpoint by a Christian who urges us to see our fellow Muslims as worthy of our respect and love instead of suspicion and hate.

I appreciate him reminding us so eloquently that the central theme in Christianity is to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Then was encouraged by Kathleen Parker's column that asked Muslims not to judge all Americans by the distasteful rantings of Pastor Terry Jones who threatened to burn a Quran on Sept. 11.

She also discussed the controversy over the Islamic Center in New York City and how Americans cannot hold all Muslims responsible for the tragic loss of so many lives -- Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, atheist and others -- in the destruction of the World Trade Center.

Similarly, she commented that Muslims should not think that all Americans agree with Pastor Jones. Her concluding remarks asked us all to agree not to tolerate hatred toward others and to learn to disagree without destroying each other in the process.

Finally, columnist Mary Sanchez commented on the same page that trying to divide America in order to "take America back" is not the answer. Instead, we need to move America forward -- together.

I appreciate these views that propose another way to relate to our neighbors with whom we share our fragile world. Can't we all try a little harder to get along?

Sandi Blackaby
Walla Walla

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