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Letter: We must band together

Published: 9/11/2021 7:00:12 AM

In the days that immediately followed 9/11, the country was united in both grief and anger. Twenty years later, we are divided and anger is directed toward fellow citizens. We disagree on wearing masks and getting vaccinations, just as our kids are going back to school. We are at odds about voter suppression that was based on the “big lie” that widespread fraud had occurred in the 2020 election. We had a president who refused to concede that he lost and still asserts the election was stolen. “Stop the steal” was the rallying cry of the mob of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Republican members of Congress want to whitewash the event entirely. It is very sad that our country has come to this point.

Cooperation has been replaced by hateful rhetoric and death threats aimed at election workers and state officials for simply doing their jobs. “Mandate” has become an ugly word in the minds of some. A mandate is not an attack on liberty. It is an honest effort to protect the lives of Americans from a pandemic. In New Hampshire, our state motto is “Live free or die.” That does not mean that we are free to do anything we want at the expense of our neighbors’ health and well-being. At this critical time, we must band together, just like the first responders did twenty years ago and health professionals are doing today.

Frank Warman

Hopkinton


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