LETTERS: Toning down the rhetoric would be great change

Cal Thomas misses the point. I have not heard anyone say that we should curtail First Amendment rights because of the Tucson tragedy.

Although I agree with Thomas there is no evidence to prove that Jared Loughner was incited by talk show hosts, the media and press to kill and seriously injure innocent people in Tucson, there is a growing concern by many that political rhetoric has become too heated and violent. For example, Thomas conveniently omitted in his column that a couple of recently failed assassination attempts and threats against Democratic politicians are linked to Glenn Beck’s daily tirades against the left.

The point, Mr. Thomas, is that isn't it time for liberals, conservatives, independents and other political persuasions to act civil toward each other — despite our differences — instead of fanning the flames of hatred?

— Torin Togut