As a grandmother I feel I have to speak out against these so-called crimes of hate. I've known and all of you have known where this has come from. It's taught to us at a very young age. We are taught to hate and it's got to stop.
We as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, can do something about it: simply teach our children not to hate. If any one of you were to die today, would all the hate in the world matter to you?
We can teach our children to know it's OK not to like everybody, but not OK to hate. You can teach them to agree to disagree, and that's OK. You can teach them to have their own opinion and respect the opinion of others and not to hate the other's opinion.
We have all felt hate in our lives at one time or another, coming from someone we know, or have never heard of. It hurts, it's destructive, and how much better not to have taught it at all.
Our young children will be leaving us and going out into the world to become parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts themselves. How nice it would be if every one of them taught their children to love and not to hate.
Jack and I have lived in Payson over 20 years and everyone that knows us know we have a granddaughter who is different. If you are going to hate her because she is different, and teach your children to hate different people, then God help us all.
Mrs. Ann Sheahan