The thoughtful, though divided, discussion that took place at the Badger Club Forum on Wednesday is the kind of dialogue that our whole country needs to have on a range of issues.
The topic of personal beliefs vs. civil rights is a touchy one. One's opinion can hang on a thread. But the questions asked of David Parker and Beth Barrett Bloom weren't incendiary nor were the comments of either participant.
It was clear that there were strong feelings about the subject, but no insults were hurled nor did anyone refuse to be polite to those who might have had opposite opinions. We should bottle this and mail it to all the members of Congress.
Discussions at my lunch table were lively. I doubt that anyone who attended changed his or her mind on the subject, but it is possible that some at least got a courteous insight into why their neighbors disagree. It goes to show that you don't need to set your hair on fire to be effective and convincing.
Congratulations to Bloom and Parker, the Columbia Basin Badger Club and the attendees. All showed admirable restraint as well as commitment to the values they represented.
MIMI LATTA, Richland