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November 12, 2008 at 3:33 PM

Tolerance

Don’t call it that

I object to the word “tolerance.” We tolerate traffic jams on our roads and slugs in our gardens [“Election 2008: Tolerance comes slowly,” editorial, Nov. 10].

Tolerating people is not good enough. We should not be working toward tolerating diversity; we should be working toward accepting diversity, even relishing diversity.

I agree with the editorial: Even social tolerance comes slowly. I wonder how long it will take for acceptance to peek into view. Maybe President-elect Barack Obama’s election will hasten that time.

— Mary Sumioka, Federal Way

Where are we headed?

Tolerance? I am stunned at the issues The Seattle Times lumped together in [Monday’s] editorial. Are we as a people intolerant if we take a stand against assisted suicide? That is what Initiative 1000 has approved. Now a very ill person can take his or her own life, rather than be cared for in those last days in one of our hospice centers.

Two of the measures you mention as gains in tolerance increase abortion rights. Yes, this is a divisive issue in our society, but can we say we are becoming more tolerant when we ignore that very inconvenient truth that abortion involves ending the life of a baby?

I believe we need to strive to understand each other and to appreciate the different places we come from when we vote on important issues. But today, looking at the issues you have bundled together in your editorial, I am saddened at the slippery slope our so-called “tolerance” may lead us down.

— Peggy Anderson, Kirkland

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