Trying to prove his "manhood" a fellow grade-school student constantly taunted me calling me "chicken" for not fighting him. Some students would recite the childhood mantra "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me."
Words, though, can hurt the heart of man. I told mom I was not going to take it, to which she answered, "Better that there be one fool and not two."
This saying came to mind while reading Ms. Alcantar's letter printed Oct. 7. Although I did not read the writings to which she refers, I did feel like taking soap and scrubbing the "tongue" of what I did read.
Civility and respect for another person's right to believe differently seems to have taken a back seat. Heck, it's not even in the car. In her letter she calls Mr. Schwarz "Mr. Buffoon," "brainless wonder," "abscessed sore," "deranged" and many other derogatory names. She also, by implication, insulted his family, friends, neighbors and the whole state of Massachusetts.