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LETTER: Labelling a plague to public discourse

Re: Patrick Godfrey’s letter of March 31, which began: “I was dismayed to read the letter you irresponsibly published recently, perhaps in some misguided attempt…”

I think we are forgetting that the public space needs to be open to more than one point of view if we are to keep our political culture free and vibrant. I would have thought it irresponsible to suppress alternate perspectives.

There is a difference between strong argument and “labelling.” Labelling is a plague in public discourse – both tiresome and unproductive. I was sorry to see Patrick indulge more than once in his letter.

Fred Rempel

North Saanich

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