Ihli, MaryMary Ihli, A Presentation Sisters Cojourner, submitted a letter to the editor and it was published Tuesday, July 26 in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

I tried to watch the recent Republican Convention as a concerned American that tries to stay informed. I could not continue to listen to the tone of the speakers. By the tone, I mean that after a certain amount of time, I felt that I was listening to rhetoric that implied bad will toward another group of people or person. I continued to be patient thinking that something positive would come from the podium, but I had to switch stations and discontinue to view the convention. At one point I wondered, is this the way a hate riot forms in the mind of persons? I sincerely hope not.

What happened to our political process that is supposed to be of the people, for the people and by the people? I just saw of my group, for my group, only by my group. The political system is set up to give us a choice. I just listened to demeaning language against someone elses group. I am not a staunch Republican or Democrat, but I am wondering if I should withdraw my name and vote independent. I do not wish to be a part of this crazy name-calling fiasco.

Bewildered citizen thinking we are better than this behavior.

Mary Ihli