To the Editor,

The following statement is as was written and repeated here only as a point of illustration.

“Never ever should the threat of arms be used, unless one is trying to trample the rights endowed by the creator. Then they should be used to their fullest.”     

Now, is the author(s) saying that they support armed insurgency to trample our rights? Are they suggesting what was endowed by the creator should be subject to the threat of using arms? Could it be that writer(s) of the above statement  hopes that we descend into an anarchist state? Or are they calling for the violent overthrow of American values?

Of course not. Could it be that I am purposely misinterpreting what was written? Yes. Anyone wanting to can purposely misinterpret those words as written. Or anyone can seize the opportunity and insert a perverted interpretation to undermine the opinion and besmirch the character of the writer. Which I do not do here. That would not be respectful to them or myself.

When we read the words on the page we use our comprehensive skills to support what was meant beyond the words. What those words truly meant in context to the subject at hand. We look past the ulterior meanings, actual or perceived, and give the writer the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they didn’t have the right word at their disposal or  were unable to express themselves as they truly wished. But we all have basic skills and understandings of the English language to truly know what the writer meant. Common human courtesy.

Ask is not demand. Questioning a process is not suggesting to the city council to become tyrants. Suggesting that the council take steps to censor the pages of the Daily light was never of my logic but of one fantastically fabricated in the mind of the responder(s).

Knowingly attaching or even substituting words to change what was written is wrong. If ever anyone is unsure of what I meant in anything I write, please contact me personally for clarification if you so wish. Its a matter of civility. Purposely misinterpreting is a matter of intended ignorance or bad manners which cast well deserved questions to the character of those who act in such a manner.

Let each of us express our opinions on the various occurrences in our lives. Even our opinions on the conduct of others, if we so desire. It is within our rights. Let the words of others stand as was meant. And let us be careful in choosing our words, especially in response. They can often express more than what was intended.

Alan Fox,