While the Papillion Times provides stimulating news and uplifting stories of interest and events that impact our Papillion community, an editorial by Eugene Curtin takes a painful and abrupt turn (“Language benders”, Sept 27).

Conflicting opinions may challenge us and help refine our thinking, but Mr. Curtin has once again selected inflammatory social issues which often divide and anger readers. By taking the issue of gender identity as one part of his troubling theme of terms newly used in social conversation and print media, he belittles and degrades those “preachy Millennials”, for example, who don’t agree with his position.

Social discord has long marked our nation in very unfortunate ways. Division creates animosity if not addressed in constructive ways. Curtin’s statements touch on several other sensitive issues which further divide or alienate us from one another, i.e. same-sex marriage, protests against Nazi rallies, illegal immigrants. It is hard to see how these matters are better resolved by less-than-constructive rhetoric. Further stirring discord by focusing on such issues, while offering no message of healing or understanding, is not helpful to a hurting society.

REV. NEAL VON SEGGERN

Papillion

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