Jan. 6 anniversary

The January 6 anniversary there are opinions, comments, and news reports to span the entire political spectrum. In a country where the rights of the individual were first codified as the root law of the land, the public right to vote has been the center of the expression of those rights. It is difficult to justify the response of a radical few. If I don’t agree with the aggressive actions, I can empathize with the high state of emotion.

Elections are held across the entire free world. We have held countless elections here as well. So, what made this election different? Why didn’t a significant portion of the public accept the results?

The right of free expression and assembly are principle and key to a free society. A free news media in its many forms is also important for a balanced presentation of information. I believe it is here where we have difficulty. I personally appreciate the availability of the local newspaper to allow the individual expression in the letters to the editors. Too much information can be as difficult to understand as too little or bias, one-sided presentation.

In the period leading up to the last election it seems there was a constant stream of conflicting information there would be several conflicting polls presented by different organizations advocating for one or another candidate. Then there were certain groups moving to question the validity of the voting process. When there is such a constant barrage of conflicting information it depends on whom you accept as accurate and truthful.

When you add to that those within the media whose only desire is to stimulate conflict to attract viewership you have the perfect storm for demonstrations as occurred on January 6.

We must be willing to accept there are multiple sides to every issue or election. We need a way to prevent the stimulation of the radical elements supporting a person on cause without restricting their right to self-expression.

One step might be political restraint from leader within government. The public must see their leaders working together to compromise on difficult issues. Eliminate the constant flow of one-sided rhetoric that does little more than create division and conflict.

It takes all involved to maintain a free country. Media needs to self-govern bias or inflammatory rhetoric that just inflames the electorate. The public needs to be informed, not a constant flow of conflicting opinions.

William Gerhard,