LETTER: Now that the election’s over, let’s practice what MLK preached

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “To retaliate in kind would do nothing but intensify the existence of hate in the universe.

“Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough, and morality enough, to cut off the chain of hate.”

Our beautiful country has become so divided that if one has a different opinion than another, there is instant hate and vilification and no allowance for diversity.

The freedom that allows us to have discussions of our ideas should be celebrated with tolerance and gratitude for that very right.

Even though we ended up with a couple of candidates who didn’t make any of us particularly proud, the election is constitutionally over.

I pray we can show our belief in democracy and the Constitution and support each other with more tolerance, compassion and understanding and less divisiveness and hatred.

Let’s not be swayed by those with very narrow viewpoints that benefit only a few, but support what is good for all of us.

I believe that means giving the new administration at least a chance, and if there is a problem, expressing it with concern through the channels that have been provided rather than screaming in the streets in unruly mobs.

We aren’t behaving in a very respectful way.

We aren’t setting a standard that would command the world’s admiration.

Let’s practice what Dr. King said.

If someone is loud and hateful, let’s not retaliate in kind.

Let’s cut the chains of hate.

Annie Hornor,

Port Angeles