It should be no surprise to any of us that bullying is so very prevalent. Our kids see parents and grownups do it all the time. As soon as anyone does something we don't like or takes a stand against something we don't agree with, we start verbally beating them up, calling them names.

In the Deseret News article "Poll: Swallow should quit, Lee compromise," (Oct. 10), I had to think how much verbal abuse John Swallow and his family have endured and yet he has stuck to his guns about his innocence. And Sen. Mike Lee — people are blaming this whole government shutdown on him. I am sure he will stick to his guns as well.

I, for one, am grateful to see people who are being bullied and threatened continue to stand up for what they believe. I hope the youth in our society will look to them and learn a great lesson.

Just because there are people who don't like you or anything you do, and try to make your life miserable, even to the point of contemplating ending your life, that does not mean you have to change who you are.

We seem to think that it is our right to bad mouth and verbally attack anyone or anything that we don't agree with. If we cannot engage in public debate with civility, our children will inherit a world of bullies.

Jan Evans

North Salt Lake