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In the first sentence of “Democracy Project Forming” (Missoulian, April 10), “too often, when Bill LaCroix hears public debate in the Bitterroot Valley, that debate is one-sided, uncivil and based on a set of beliefs and assumptions that he says might as well be from a parallel universe”, it becomes apparent that LaCroix is unfamiliar with the concept of a mirror.

LaCroix and his comically misnamed Human Rights Alliance, like too many groups claiming to promote “civil discourse,” is like the schoolyard kid who has never played fair in his life yet is the first one to cry foul. “Militia,” “fringe,” “overthrow,” “false,” “gun packers,” “aggressive,” “paranoid,” “violent” and “intimidating” all found their way into the story. So much for civil discourse.

Now, while I have been a conservative a lot longer than most of the “celebrating” crew has been around, I have never been compelled to trot around town with my six-shooter to prove the point. To that extent, they are silly, not dangerous. But for LaCroix to whine about being intimidated by these people is laughable when his group drops the “racism” bomb on anyone who dares criticize their position on – well, anything. No, theirs is a more subtle form of intimidation.

If truth in advertising were to apply, this would be called the Bitterroot Hypocrisy Project. These “human rights” groups would achieve credibility if they recognized the rights of unborn humans, as would the crowd pleading for “civil discourse” if they quit demonizing those with different opinions. I do not hate hypocrites, I simply find them tiresome.

LaCroix and his minions like to parade their “civility.” Please look a little deeper. You will find a tiny group attempting to prove their worthiness by demeaning others, and by spreading the fear that they claim to condemn.

David H. Ohnstad, Hamilton

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