It’s significant that two of the most common targets nowadays have become poll workers and school board members. It tells us that people recognize the importance of elections and education in our fragile democracy. On the other hand, the fact that these public servants are being vilified for doing their rightful jobs also shows how politically fractured our country has become, to the point where respectful dialogue and honest debate are things of the past.
The widespread harassment that’s taking place against these public servants is not only illegal — and a poor role model for children — but it can also trigger people who are prone to violence to commit serious injury or death. No one should find this acceptable.
Martha D. Trowbridge
New York, N.Y.