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LETTER: Political discourse hits vulgar low

Judith Higgins
Lower Windsor Township
Judith Higgins, then a Democratic candidate for the York County Board of Commissioners, spoke at a Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission meeting in Hanover in 2019.

I am stunned. I am dismayed. I am so very sad. I am embarrassed and offended. What in the world has York County turned into? Maybe I am old fashioned, maybe my mother raised me to not use certain words around children or in public. But never have I known this county to be so coarse, so willing to be vulgar and disrespectful.

I am referring to the number of people who are flying, hanging, posting and displaying flags that say “F--- Biden!” This decision to be disrespectful, and displaying foul language is what is causing so much concern for many people who are very unhappy, uncomfortable, and angry about this “trend." 

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I have talked with several different municipalities who are unable to have these flags removed, even after receiving many complaints, as they are on private property. I know there is freedom of speech, for both sides, but whatever happened to respect for the office of the president? Regardless of who is occupying the office, this individual is the elected representative of our country.

Is there a vulgarity or profanity clause that keeps everyday citizens from being exposed to this publicly displayed obscene “freedom of speech”? These flags are being displayed near elementary schools, public parks, grocery stores, even driving down Market Street.

Can’t we, at least, be good role models, respectful of the social norms that have existed in York County of friendliness and acknowledge that being respectful of others can benefit all of us? Please find another way to show your political dislike and quit flying obscene language.