From: Nicholas Mitch
Racism, homophobia and other types of discrimination have no place in any community, but especially one as diverse, and supposedly welcoming, as ours. As our county’s primary news source, The Republic has a great deal of responsibility. Certainly, one of those is to provide a means of expression for community members, yet this is tempered by a responsibility to promote inclusiveness and respect for all.
William A. Pumphrey Jr.’s letter to the editor titled “Homosexuals should have their own facilities,” published Feb. 15, was overtly homophobic and offended countless members of our community, straight and LGBTQ.
It is my sincere hope that The Republic would not publish a letter that promoted blatant discrimination based on race as this one did on sexual orientation, so The Republic, as a community leader, should be ashamed of itself for perpetuating such an antiquated double standard. It’s time for this newspaper to hold itself to a higher standard.