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America allows people to disagree

I want to thank the caller for the statement of cherry picking Trey Hollingsworth’s voting record in the Jan. 12 issue, for it reveals an attitude that seems common in recent years; it is as if one who is critiquing or expressing one’s thoughts about a matter is interrupted that they are totally against everything of that person. It’s like “all or nothing” game. Or, one is put on one side or the other and that’s that.

I believe each individual has the right to express, and, yes, even choose those issues that are important. I have confidence that I may agree to some aspects/issues and not others. To do such does not breach one’s integrity; it supports the search for truth.

I was brought up believing there are many aspects of life and that no one is totally right nor totally wrong. (Such as with discussions with my husband; we don’t always agree. He may bring views and concerns to the table I have never thought about, which I contemplate and, then, may or may not understand or agree. He gives me a different perspective many times. I do not consider it offensive or degrading. I just believe that he believes that and that’s OK.)

The few legislative bills I described in the newspaper are issues that are important to me (there are many more), that I feel need to be brought to the attention of many, especially those that may not have the time or the means to know of these things.

There are bills that I agree with Trey Hollingworth, but there are many more that do not represent that which are important to me. Does that make me right and him wrong? Of course, not. It just means I have different priorities than he does, but how would he ever know that these different priorities are among his constituents unless they give voice to it? Especially if he is surrounded by head bobbers, some of whom may agree with him, some who may not care or some who may be afraid not to agree. Does that mean they are ignorant, and I’m not? No.

It is best stated by Karl Popper: “True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge, but refusal to acquire it.” So, whoever speaks, seeks the wisdom or truth or knowledge that my be contained within it. Always be merciful and loving enough to provide the dignity to the person to be heard. We all have feelings and thoughts that are important to us. Let’s keep the dialogue going, for we cannot and should not polarize ourselves and our community. We are a people worth listening to.

This is a great country that allows us to “cherry pick,” apple pick, bean pick and any kind of “picken” that is close to one’s heart and conscious. Let us realize and respect others that have that same freedom to pick. All our “pickens” help America be the wonderful, bountiful and inspirational place that it is.

Sandy Gettelfinger|

Corydon, Ind.