Intolerance rears its head in Port Townsend | Letter to the editor

Posted 9/14/20

My “Biden for President” sign was cut down from a tree on my property last week. This is the second Biden sign that has been taken down.

I moved here from Houston 10 years ago because …

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Intolerance rears its head in Port Townsend | Letter to the editor

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My “Biden for President” sign was cut down from a tree on my property last week. This is the second Biden sign that has been taken down.

I moved here from Houston 10 years ago because I wanted to live in a small town where people knew and cared about each other. I have been proud of the way Port Townsend requests people to mask up in a polite way. The fact that so many people comply with this request is reflected in the low number of cases of COVID in our county. Everyone knows this is the way to avoid community spread of the virus.

Apparently the removal of my campaign signs wasn’t just a prank by some teenage boys. It seems the political landscape is so divisive at this point that one side literally cannot tolerate seeing the opinion of anyone else. Not only can they not tolerate it, but they’re compelled to dismantle anything that they don’t agree with.

I’m saddened by your anger and hostility.

Mary Craft
PORT TOWNSEND

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Tenayaca

This unfortunately happens every election and was particularly widespread during the 2016 campaign as well as the 3rd district commissioner race that followed. I've been here a similar amount of time and was surprised by the mean spirited toxic nature of politics here. And I don't mean between the 2 political parties.

Monday, September 14
Pat Durbin

I know of at least two Trump signs removed/defaced. This goes both ways. It's too bad so many people believe in free speech as long as you agree with them.

Monday, September 14
Tom Camfield

Too bad more people don’t read up on what’s really happening—out of fear it will change their way of thinking.

Tuesday, September 15
Jüsteks Hale

I remember a time when no one put signs in their windows or yards or anywhere else, about who they were going to vote for because it was a private and personal issue. But then someone figured out that selling signs and buttons and stickers helps make money, and making money is what makes the United States go round and round! So if you don't want to get any signs stolen or defaced, don't put any signs up. If you enjoy giving money to your candidate, then keep spending money on signs, no matter how many times they disappear. But whatever you do, complain about it loudly, so everyone can feel like a *real victim*.

| Tuesday, September 15
afraid to use my name

This happens every election cycle. What is worse is candidates that don't take down their signs when it's over.

Wednesday, September 16