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Vail Daily letter: A request for peace

A past song starts with,

"Think of your fellow man

Lend him a helping hand

Put a little love in your heart."

The refrain goes on with,

"And the world will be a better place

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For you and me

You just wait and see."

As I hum Jackie DeShannon's 1969 version of "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," also covered by artists ranging from Annie Lennox to Al Green and Dolly Parton, this song makes me feel optimistic for hope and love in our current world.

Thus, as I peruse the Vail Daily and come to the Letters to the Editor, I cringe. I have developed a habit of scanning to the author of each letter, especially to those who seem to have a need to pontificate way past the requested 500-word limit. From past reading experience, I already know your letter to be full of political vitriol and diatribe that I will not bother to read. Your names and content have become all too well known to me, causing me to automatically detour away from your venomous words.

I have a request during this season of caring, giving, sharing and love, especially for the self-appointed important people, that you take a brief break from your rantings … maybe until the new year. I truly believe in our freedom of speech, but I also believe in taking care of oneself and avoiding negativity and caustic spewing as much as possible. So, whether you believe our president-elect to be the messiah or anti-Christ, please take a break and put a little love in your heart.

Brad Austin

Avon