People should be able to state their beliefs openly

One of the most disturbing aspects of the recent domestic terrorism attack on the U.S. Capitol is the threat of violence against those who speak up to condemn the violence.  Good people are silenced out of fear for their safety and that of their family members.

Indeed, for the first time in over a generation of writing letters to the editor, I am concerned about possible extremist reprisal to my condemnation of the thugs who invaded our citadel of democracy – the nation’s capitol.

There are even reports that some Republican members of the House of Representatives voted against impeachment out of fear for their personal safety. Hopefully, members of the Senate will not be cowered by fear.

This is a time for true patriots to be able to state their beliefs openly and honestly without fear of personal harm – whatever position they honorably hold on the issue of the trial of Donald Trump.

Robert R. Salman