To the editor:

I was born and raised in the valley. Although I now live out-of-state, I felt an obligation to write after seeing a June 7 letter to the editor by an obviously deeply confused gentleman, Eugene Long.

After reading his thoroughly ignorant input, I was not only disappointed that people in our community still held these archaic views, but even more disappointed that you decided to publish it. One of the things I always have thought was so wonderful about our valley was the way the beauty of it bonds ALL people, regardless of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or who they identify as.

By publishing Long’s letter, you have given him a public platform to speak in a deeply hateful way. His letter and your choice to publish something that discriminating and ignorant sends only one message to those of us in the LGBTQ+ community: “You are not welcome here.”

While it is important to give everyone a voice, it is much more important to let people who hold bigoted views know that that kind of hate is not acceptable. This is flat-out embarrassing, and in no way represents the valley I know and love.

In the future, please refrain from giving hate and ignorance a platform to spread its poison. Consider publishing a message of love and respect, instead.

Paige Barley

Leadville, Colo.

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