“We deserve more than toxic rhetoric” When I read that title of Kathie Sisson’s July 13 letter to The Pantagraph, I expected to read about language of Donald Trump and/or his campaign rally supporters. Instead, I read her response to a previous letter that she does not identify by author, title or date. Therefore, I am left to judge that she is responding to the June 18 letter “GOP budget lacks Christian values” by Linda L. Doenitz.

I evaluate Ms. Doenitz’s letter as mainly statements of fact, and it is clear when she expresses her opinions about Christian values. God knows (as the saying goes) that Christians have many very diverse opinions on these values. Therefore, I conclude that Ms. Doenitz’s letter is not “toxic rhetoric.”

Ms. Sisson claims that Ms. Doenitz’s opinions are “precisely the sort of poisonous, partisan rhetoric that inspires anger, hatred and violence, as demonstrated by an Illinois man’s recent attempt to assassinate a baseball field full of Republican congressmen.” This direct cause and effect connection is extreme, unjustified and could lead to the suppression of free speech.

Ms. Sisson further states that “Without ... every hard-working, tax-paying citizen in this country, there would be no government and no government programs.”

Because essentially all adult American residents pay taxes, she states the obvious. Ms. Sisson also claims that “America’s safety net is firmly in place.” If she is referring to the federal social safety net, I do not agree.

Herman Brockman, Congerville

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