There is a form of violence sweeping our country. It’s anger that is perpetrated through the use of words. Yes, the abominable, horrifying, atrocious words have caused violence and confusion.

First and foremost, we must learn to accept one another’s philosophical differences without becoming angry. We can learn to disagree without becoming disagreeable. We can develop a spirit of comity — learning to be kind and considerate of one another despite our individual differences.

Unfortunately the way too many people have of obviating or clearing away a problem is beyond words and that is through death and destruction.

We constantly peruse our newspaper and see on television confrontations that start with words and end with someone being hurt or killed. This is cosmic foolishness.

We are familiar with the way Thomas Jefferson handled anger. In “Rules for Living,” he wrote: “When angry count to 10 before you speak. If very angry count to 100.”

Clark Hall lives in Texas City.

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