My husband's female staff had to seek a restraining order against someone who threatened them, just so they could go to work and do their jobs. And we have seen extremist blogs feed the fire by posting nasty, untrue stories with alarming regularity. Each day, the stories' tenor and pitch would get more extreme, and more grounded in fantasy.
We as a society often lament that civil discourse has left politics. We are saddened by the fact that few politicians discuss issues, and instead go for deceptive personal attacks. We mourn the fact that good and decent people do not want to run for office.
After enduring almost a year of vandalism, harassment, threats and stories designed to be as outrageous as possible, I understand these concerns more than ever. I would hope that civilized people speak out and tell the perpetrators of these tactics that they are wrong.
The idea that these over-the-top tactics could become part of the political norm is deeply troubling to me, and I suspect, most families across the country.
Be wary of golf course developer
Clearly this is best described as the hottest ticket item in the foothills since the toe-to-toe with the mega-corporate giant Home Depot.
The community came out on a rainy night, numbering more than 100, and despite many previous heated meetings on the same issue, maintained a very composed and respectful posture. Still, there can be no mistaking the message that rang loud and clear, from both sides ("Two sides mull golf course," Oct. 23).