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Letter: Civility Essential to Democracy

To the Editor:

There have been a number of letters recently concerning the use of animals in circuses in response to a feature article that appeared in the Valley News.

I can understand the point of view of those who object to such treatment of animals and I fully support their right to express that point of view. But I cannot see the need to attack personally and castigate anyone who does not agree or simply has not considered that viewpoint.

In a democratic society, the ability to see the other’s point of view and approach discussion civilly is essential. I do appreciate the Forum.

Janet Eller



Summer Journal: When the Circus Comes to Town, or Anywhere Close, I’m There

Monday, July 22, 2013

I love the circus. I love the sound of the band, the smell of elephants, the thrill of watching acrobats swirling on velvet ropes or swinging from trapezes. When I was a young man traveling in Europe on $5 a day, I splurged and bought a ticket to the Orfie Circorama in Parma, Italy. I didn’t know that Europeans take …