One of the things I remember fondly from growing up in rural Maine was our ability to mind our own business. While we knew we could say whatever stupid thing that came to mind, we didn’t. Not because of political correctness, but rather from a concern for the feelings of our neighbors (and, I’m sure, a social compunction to avoid looking like an idiot).

I, too, find some forms of political correctness over the line. Resisting it should not be license to say whatever comes into our head. Copying the wisdom of our elders (“If you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all”) would not be a bad decision. Remembering a Ben Franklin saying wouldn’t be a bad idea either: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool that to speak up and remove any doubt.”

It saddens me greatly that some of our political leaders set such a low standard for public discourse. I am beyond concerned for our future when so many of our citizens think it is not only OK but good! We bemoan the passing of our men and women who stood up to Hitler, but elevate people who hate for no reason?

I agree with columnist M.D. Harmon and his ilk when they say the America we love is lost. They killed it. It is time for the rest of us to remember that America is “us” not “them.”

We are not sheep to be led by bullies or demagogues. It is up to us what road we travel, not Paul LePage, Donald Trump or M.D. Harmon.

Dean Crocker

Estero, Florida

and Manchester, Maine