This is from Shelf Awareness, and I couldn't agree more:
Bookstores Exist for 'Tolerance of Perspectives'
"In a world where it is increasingly possible to seclude yourself in a
hive with fellow creatures who buzz the way you do, bookstores, like
libraries and newspapers, are among the few places where a variety of
ideas and opinions can jostle together for your attention. That
tolerance of perspectives, including contradictory ones, isn't a
marketing strategy for those institutions. It's part of their DNA. It's
why they exist."
--Jim Higgins in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Next Chapter bookstore owner Lanora Hurley,
who has been criticized for scheduling a book signing by Karl Rove.