The following is a letter to the editor.

Pete Hayes responded to my letter of April 1 with his own that ran April 21. In his closing remarks he stated that we need to quit badmouthing each other's political beliefs and that we all need to stick together to fight this Covid-19 virus. I could not agree more. Yet in his opening remarks he castigates me for my supposed beliefs. Might that be a little hypocritical?

Mr. Hayes calls me a hardcore liberal and himself a hardcore conservative. For my part I do not like to put people in "boxes," so I have nothing to say about other people's beliefs. Just like I do not believe all Democrats are for open borders, high taxes, abortions and other so-called left wing causes. Nor do I believe that all Republicans are wealthy or for racism, no taxes, voter suppression or any other so-called right wing causes.

As far as my own beliefs, let me say this: He states I believe in sanctuary cities. Yes, if they choose. He states that I believe in open borders. No, but I do believe in immigration reform. He states that I believe in treating immigrants better than our own citizens. No, but I do believe in the Gospel teachings about the Good Samaritan and how we should treat each other. I recall it as the "Golden Rule.” Supposedly I believe in harboring criminals. No, but I do believe in punishments that fit the crime. Finally, I supposedly believe in abortions. No, but I do believe that our society could deal with this issue in a much better way.

If others consider me a hardcore liberal, that is their prerogative. For my part I think that name-calling is useless. I do believe that we need to come together as a nation and deal with all our problems, not just the virus. I also believe that we, as individuals, can choose to either be part of the problem or part of the solution. I am merely one imperfect human. I will strive to be part of the solution as much as I can.

John Springer

Onsted