No duty to print hateful ideas

Regarding the Monday letter, “Legal immigrants always welcome”: Public newspapers have a right and duty to publish the responsible views of their readers. This does not mean that they can become a forum or platform for racist, bigoted or hateful ideas. Letters that express these views should not be published. They serve no purpose but to inflame and incite. They do not encourage meaningful dialogue or useful actions.

The Herald should have an ethical standard which it applies to every letter before publishing it for public consumption. Your ethical standards reached a new low on Monday.

Babies are born; they do not pop out!

John Bellephine

Everett