I was incensed and outraged by a letter criticizing the Klamath community and tribal members. The language and hate speech is a mirror of the increase in hate speech seen around the country within the past two years.

Our democracy is a representative form of government, an indirect rather than a direct form of democracy. We elect representatives and therefore we do not have to attend the meetings ourselves. To criticize Klamath residents for not being at meetings and to use the language and tone used is insulting, condescending, and totally unnecessary. When free speech turns into hate speech, it is no longer protected by the Constitution. The letter should have told people why Bob Berkowitz is a good supervisor who is responsive and listens to his constituents, rather than to attack the person who wrote the letter and the good people of Klamath.

Eli Naffah

Crescent City