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More tolerance by all, please

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

I’d like to respond to two letters recently submitted, first from the mother who felt the Toys for Tots donation she received was substandard.

While I understand her being upset with rotten food, I cannot understand her lack of appreciation for the toys she received. She admittedly has gotten her Christmas gift for her boys for the last 2 years. She certainly must understand that the poor economy has tightened everyone’s budget.

As Christmas isn’t about the gifts, perhaps this would have been an opportunity to teach her children the true meaning of Christmas and appreciation for whatever was received. If not, I’m sure there are other children who would be more than happy to receive the gifts she felt were substandard.

Second, regarding the letter by Bret Bushaw, et al., regarding the Nativity scene, while I cannot definitively state what religion our Founding Fathers were, I have to believe their belief in God is obvious. God is mentioned on our money and was an active part of our society until recently. Regardless, the bottom line in this situation, in my opinion, is tolerance.

Freedom of religion works both ways; how one wishes to respond to another’s beliefs is a choice. Being offended by another view is a choice. I don’t agree with your views, but the difference between you and me (and everyone else who complained) is that I respect your beliefs and choose not to be offended by them. I appreciate the differences our great nation allows. After all, your opinion affects and offends me only if I allow it to. 

The Declaration of Independence states we all “are created equal.” I believe one belief isn’t any better than another. If the Nativity scene bothered you and others so much, the solution is simple: close your eyes.

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