Carol Renshaw

Blue Springs

To the editor:

In regard to an article published in the July 31 Examiner headlined “Obama to GOP: ‘Stop just hating’” – I don’t know when in my lifetime, I have heard so much about hating and haters. It seems like almost everyday someone is accused of being a “hater,” either in public or private. When did disagreeing with another’s opinion make one a “hater?” Situations often improve because of disagreeing, which forces the parties involved to look for solutions to the problem they disagreed on.

Name calling and accusations can end up with terrible results. Taken to the extreme, it can even result in loss of life. To cite an ancient example from Roman history, we look at the burning of Rome. Practically everyone has read or heard of Nero fiddling while Rome burns. I don’t know for certain about the fiddling, but did you know that he tried to blame the fire on the Christians? When he didn’t succeed in doing this, he came up with something else. He had the Christians persecuted and put to death for the crime “hatred of mankind.”

If you have strong opinions and want to express them, you need to consider the risk of being called a “hater” and the consequences that could follow.

Remember, the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were called traitors by the British. Today we call them patriots.