In this era of “fake news” and hearing only what you want to hear, there’s enough blame to go around, and we should take a step back and understand that we’re all in this together.

Tragedies such as the one that occurred in a synagogue in Pittsburgh over the weekend are the price we pay for being a free society with the freedoms of expression and religion we enjoy every day.

Along with those freedoms is the responsibility of respecting those with different opinions and those who may worship differently than you do.

It’s incomprehensible to me how something like this can happen, but the solution doesn’t involve a police state with armed guards at the doors of every church or synagogue.

For that matter, freedom of the press means my friends can approach me at any time without fear of arrest or reprisal.

It’s a tough issue but worth talking about in a civil manner.

Doug Ford reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

Doug Ford covers news and sports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at