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Letter: A liberal who's tired of labels

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I am a liberal who:

* Doesn’t care for guns but doesn’t care if you own a gun (and have considered owning one for the purpose of protection) but feels that, in lieu of the shootings and overall gun violence in our country, it might be time to sharpen the process of owning a gun to better the odds of putting guns in the hands of the right people. You can have all the guns you like as long as you are not the kind of person likely to go on a public shooting spree.

*That, for the record, is not a vegetarian and regularly eats all kinds of meat. I’ve never met a liberal vegetarian who wants to ban meat let alone ban anything. In fact I have yet to meet a liberal vegetarian and many of my friends are liberals.

* Would fight for this country anywhere anytime anyhow if it were for a justified cause.

* Cares about the planet regardless of what scientists say is happening to it (why take a chance).

* Is one of the hardest working people you will ever meet and would eat dirt and collect cans before even considering any kind of assistance program.

* Speaks for millions of other hard-working liberals in saying we are tired of being labeled as freeloading, tree-hugging, ban-everything individuals who believe government should just expand like insulation foam in any crevice it sees fit to.

And my beat goes on but will pause for now.

Conservatives seem ever ready to dispense these stereotypes which only serve to further political and national polarization. Is our incredibly diverse nation really at such odds? Or is its large and ever expanding center too often misrepresented (by conservatives)? It’s no wonder politicians have to “reach across the aisle” like they’re traveling from Los Angeles to New York.

Perhaps conservatives should try “conserving” such maligned rhetoric and try considering the world we actually live in and all of its viewpoints for a change.

Christopher Hill

St. Cloud

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A liberal who’s tired of labels

I am a liberal who:

* Doesn’t care for guns but doesn’t care if you own a gun (and have considered owning one for the purpose of protection) but feels that, in lieu of the shootings and overall gun violence in our country, it might be time to sharpen the process of owning a gun to better the odds of putting guns in the hands of the right people. You can have all the guns you like as long as you are not the kind of person likely to go on a public shooting spree.

*That, for the record, is not a vegetarian and regularly eats all kinds of meat. I’ve never met a liberal vegetarian who wants to ban meat let alone ban anything. In fact I have yet to meet a liberal vegetarian and many of my friends are liberals.

* Would fight for this country anywhere anytime anyhow if it were for a justified cause.

* Cares about the planet regardless of what scientists say is happening to it (why take a chance).

* Is one of the hardest working people you will ever meet and would eat dirt and collect cans before even considering any kind of assistance program.

* Speaks for millions of other hard-working liberals in saying we are tired of being labeled as freeloading, tree-hugging, ban-everything individuals who believe government should just expand like insulation foam in any crevice it sees fit to.

And my beat goes on but will pause for now.

Conservatives seem ever ready to dispense these stereotypes which only serve to further political and national polarization. Is our incredibly diverse nation really at such odds? Or is its large and ever expanding center too often misrepresented (by conservatives)? It’s no wonder politicians have to “reach across the aisle” like they’re traveling from Los Angeles to New York.

Perhaps conservatives should try “conserving” such maligned rhetoric and try considering the world we actually live in and all of its viewpoints for a change.

Christopher Hill

St. Cloud

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