Alan Woodland's column [One person can bring an end to 'them and us', Nov. 8 Here and There, TIMES] had a lovely start explaining the word for Cantonese corn is umi, which sounds like youme.
He goes on to say, "I know that the world would be a kinder, gentler world if we emphasized words that connected rather than divided." So true.
Then, paradoxically, he describes half the electorate of the United States with phrases like "the bellicose strutting of the Republicans," "the might of the right wished his (Obama's) destruction," and their "raucous posturing."
Yes, one person can bring an end to them and us. He should keep to writing his lovely, descriptive stories, and omit the politicizing that creates an atmosphere of them and us.
Cherryl Katnich, Maple Ridge