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LETTER: Important to listen to other points of view

Re: ‘It’s important to put things in perspective’ (Letters, PQB News, Feb. 2)

Putting things into perspective often means that a paradigm shift can be the outcome.

If one wishes to express a perspective then understand that this is your perception of an issue… that you choose to make derogatory remarks about others because your perception differs from the “lunatic fringe” as you addressed them, is simply an opinion that you hold.

You then go on to say that this opinion is supported by what you now refer to as “beliefs”, listing ideas that you don’t support and therefore they must be wrong. Your beliefs don’t make other peoples’ beliefs wrong because they are not the same as yours.

I appreciate the right for anyone to have opinions and this is in fact what you are writing. Given that during this pandemic many people have been shut out of the conversation because of a difference of opinion, I would have thought that you would be expressing how thankful you are that you have this right.

It is for this very reason that the “lunatic fringe” have taken to Ottawa to be given the opportunity to speak their opinion and a desire that the parliament listen and each hears the other. This is a fundamental right, one which you have exercised. The reason we have parliament is to create a time and place where people come together and parlez… or speak. This French word is the reason the word parliament came into being.

Pauline Liste

Parksville

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