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The response by Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield, to a letter from Ellen Brady supporting the governor's veto of the bill that would have allowed people to carry a concealed weapon without a permit was beyond civil discourse. Oda's comments, reported in Paul Rolly's column "Gun logic" (Tribune, March 27), were typical of a schoolyard bully. His attitude was outside the boundaries of where a reasonable person should reside.
Our democracy (excuse me, our republic) allows for the exchange of ideas and opinions, but they should be done without rancor and childish rhetoric. For a person in a position of trust and responsibility to resort to such tactics is reprehensible.
There may be some anger issues here, and such issues may be exacerbated by the privilege of carrying a weapon.