I realize that the letters to the editor section is not meant to carry on a personal dialog, but I must respond to Moses Mims.

Mims completely missed the point of my letter of Oct. 3.

My letter was not about opposing or promoting the ideology of left or right, liberal or conservative. The point was that political discourse in this country has degenerated into ridicule, mockery and vitriolic language, and it would be hoped that a professional writer could express his or her views in a more reasoned manner without resorting to inflammatory language.

Mims presumes that I am conservative and seems to be concerned about whether I am “well-rounded.” I read three newspapers every day – The State, The Augusta Chronicle, and the Aiken Standard. I also read five internet sites each day - MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, Drudge Report and Huffington Post.

I say this not to brag, but to ease any worries Mims has about my sources of information. (By the way, I have never, ever once listened to Rush Limbaugh. I don’t listen to extremists at either end of the political spectrum).

It is never wise to pre-judge someone just because you disagree with them. Perhaps wiser heads will eventually prevail, and we can all have a civil political dialog between opposing views. This would be a tribute to our beloved country and her people.

Sandra Herrick