A long time ago, in the real world of the U.S. of A., we were taught not to follow the "mob." But to investigate for ourselves what the facts were, draw our own conclusion, and be an individual thinker.
Also, we used to have debates in school about an idea or subject, one group of students standing for the idea, and another group of students stood against the idea. Some students were so good at debating, they could change sides and voice an opposite stand on the same idea. The exchange of thoughts was not mingled with name calling, vegetable throwing, sign waving or screaming.
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I find that the definition of certain words has changed, but that will be the subject of a future letter to the editor.
Sue McCreary, Stevensville