Letter: Dissenting viewpoint no reason for firing

I began writing this letter when I heard about the firing of an employee of Mercer Health after her attendance at a local protest. This protest was in support of pro-choice after the recent major setback by the U.S. Supreme Court.

This protest was also a completely peaceful event, even if some signs were deemed blunt and “vulgar.” However, attendance of such an event in no way warrants the termination of someone’s career, as this did not affect her ability to do her job whatsoever. Besides, I believe the need for such a protest was indeed justified when basic civil rights are being stripped away so easily.

This response is nothing more than small-town peer pressure and is a product of the almost forced need to conform to the beliefs of the town in fear of being ostracized. I feel able to speak my mind, and I want everybody to be able to do the same. This is only possible if we, as a city, learn to accept, even though we may disagree, other viewpoints.

Heather Coate



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