It’s a matter of perspective…

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An opinion is defined as one’s judgement, belief or conviction with regard to a particular subject. Opinions include views or judgements formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or know-ledge.

An opinion is defined as one’s judgement, belief or conviction with regard to a particular subject. Opinions include views or judgements formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or know-ledge.
Obviously, some opinions should be assigned more value than others. Isn’t there a hierarchy of opinions – those based on pure speculation and those based on a knowledge from previously encountering a similar situation?
For example, a mother has a more valid opinion about how another mother should discipline her     children than someone without children, and someone who has previously been diagnosed with cancer will have a better opinion about whether someone else should take treatments than someone who has never been faced with the devastating news. Why? Because opinions can change when the hypothetical becomes   reality. I have known a few people who swore they would never take treatments if they were        diagnosed with cancer who took them when it came down to it.  
Opinions are diverse in that one person may see beauty where another sees none, one person may believe they would handle a situation in a different manner than another, and so on. Shouldn’t having and freely expressing your own opinions require you to allow other people to possess and express them as well? And shouldn’t you then have a tolerance for others’ points of view even though you may not agree?
Unfortunately there often exists a “you’re either with us or against us” attitude when it comes to points of view when people fail to flip the coin and take a look at the reverse side. For example, look at the recent debate over spraying for mosquitoes in the Mansfield and Fort-Coulonge areas where it has become “us versus them,” or the   spraying accepters against the spraying rejecters.
Yes, the cost of spraying may be well worth it when you consider the amount spent on repellents, the effects mosquitoes can have on your health, and the nuisance they cause, but at the same time, the estimated $170 per year is a substantial amount to have added to your cost of living that can be hard to manage for some. 
According to David Gauthier at the University of Pittsburgh, tolerance is a willingness to allow, without endorsing, the ways or objectives or     values of others, and to be willing to interact with them without seeking to change their ways or      values, while following    different ways and holding different values ourselves. Once tolerance is obtained, greater possibilities present themselves as you are now able to      ponder alternatives. 
Intolerance divides populations. It is only when people unite towards a common goal that progress and the best  solutions are made.
Allyson Beauregard, Editor