Healthy discourse from all sides of the political spectrum makes our country stronger, although I’m not sure that I gained anything by having read through Harmon’s column.

Cutting through the drivel, the tacit approval of non-injurious chemical bombings, and the quotes from obscure academics and think-tank navel gazers, M.D. Harmon’s primary point (“Occupiers can’t even compare with tea partiers” Oct. 28) seems to be that the big difference between the tea party movement and the “Occupy Wall Street” movement is that the tea party has a right to peaceful expression of discontent – presumably because Harmon shares their opinions –  and the occupy movement does not.

Actually both groups are allowed to speak up, what with freedom of speech and the right to peaceful assembly being part of the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and all. Healthy discourse from all sides of the political spectrum makes our country stronger, although I’m not sure that I gained anything by having read through Harmon’s column.