I wish to commend you, Captain Kelly, on your “Change of Command” column of Jan. 20, 2021. It was, I believe, based on your genuine desire to help heal the divide in this country.

Because you are a passionate and persuasive writer you no doubt influence many readers. It’s a responsibility I hope you do not take lightly. Thus I would caution that you, and indeed those of us on both sides of the current contentious issues, choose our words carefully. Sowing more doubt in the fairness of our recent election is certainly not a call for unity. Your mention of “eleventh hour changes to procedures and timelines and prolonged vote counting beyond election day” is both misleading and beneath the dignity of your otherwise evenhanded column. We all know, don’t we, that a deadly pandemic necessitated these procedural changes. Surely a patriot like you would wish to ensure that all eligible voters were afforded the opportunity to cast their votes safely. And I believe you would wish to have everyone’s vote counted. 

I know it’s hard for many of us to move beyond our frustrations and disappointments. Certainly among like-minded friends we can say terribly inflammatory and mean-spirited things. We all do it, I assume, (at least I am guilty). But if we are truly trying to be healers it is best to resist the temptation to express such thoughts in public discourse.

I support your efforts to heal the divide and look forward to reading more of your opinions as our country’s struggle for unity continues.

Sincerely,

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jim orourke

This is an excellent letter. It was highly appropriate to remind Captain Kelly that to trade in whispers and uncertainty regarding the legitimacy of the presidential election encourages further division and a sense of resentment on the part of those predisposed to fantasy and conspiracy theories.

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