The word "hate" is being heard more and more these days, and it doesn't reflect well on our country. Political hatred, social hatred, fan hatred, racial hatred, religious hatred and personal hatred have all risen to the surface.

The word "hate" is being heard more and more these days, and it doesn't reflect well on our country. Political hatred, social hatred, fan hatred, racial hatred, religious hatred and personal hatred have all risen to the surface.
Last week there was a shooting in California in which the father of two small girls was shot to death in a tent that he was sharing with his daughters. At the time of this writing, little is known about the incident, but whether it was a random shooting or a pre-meditated act, it had to be fueled by hate in some way by someone.
The recent action taken against government servants is hate fueled as well. I looked up the word hate in my dictionary and the first definition was "intense hostility and aversion usually derived from fear, anger or sense of injury…." Take your pick on what was driving these actions.
Even in sports, there is far too much hatred from teams and their fans. Soccer has a  long history of hatred as fans have been known the attack others, set fires in the stands and cause general mayhem. But soccer is not alone. A recent girls softball game caused unbelievable chaos and physical fights among the parents on opposing teams.
I could go on and on, but you probably know more than I do about this. I will just say that we all need some attitude adjustments to rid our hearts and souls of hate. Let's try to love our neighbors whether they be near or far away, whether they look or sound like us, and even if they are filled with hate. The haters need our love more than anyone else. We don't have to agree with them or have to condone their actions, but we should love them enough to pray for them and then let God settle it.
Some of my greatest friends are of a different political persuasion than me, but I still think dearly of them. May it always be so.
Now to other things. The Newton County Fair is coming on July 11-14, and the McDonald County Fair right behind. Be sure to go out and support our fair kids and our fair adults. I wish there was more participation at the fair among adults. I would love to see some good competition between adults. Who can raise the best tomatoes or okra or roses? Who makes the best apple pie or who preserves the best jam and jelly?
I saw an old movie a while ago about a small town that had a big flower show and the same woman won year after year. No one could beat her, but the end of the movie was heartwarming.
Neosho used to have a hugh flower show which was held in one of the churches and sometimes in the basement of the courthouse. Our town was famous for the "Iris Show" and competition was fierce. Linda James told me that if you saw an Iris you wanted, you could put your name down and, later on, you could buy a start from the grower. The Iris Show is just history now. Today, you need to appreciate bar-be-que, motorcycles, cars, and music.

Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.