Fri08292014

     Subscribe  |  Contact  |  Advertise  |  RSS Feed Other Publications

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:43

We need dialogue, not accusations

Written by 

To the Editor:

I can’t hardly stand to read the letters to the editor anymore. Civil discourse, the backbone of any democracy, has sunk to a new low here and across the country. Name-calling, overgeneralization, and denigration have become the new norm. Whatever happened to researched facts, sound reasoning and fair play?

Yes, the stakes in this election are high. But do the ends truly justify the means? We are on the verge of national disintegration and balkanization. Is this the best we can do?

In a nation as large and diverse as ours, there will always be many viewpoints, so to believe that the “solution” to our problems is to convert everyone to a certain point of view is ludicrous. Rather than attacking each other, we need to focus on our common needs and work together on those.

We need to have an honest discussion of the issues, not attack personalities.  We need to be open to the views and experiences of others without labeling and dismissing them. Obstructionism and gotcha techniques are sabotaging our future.

The labeling, character assassination and venomous attacks have got to stop. How many good and capable women and men avoid entering politics because it is too caustic? Some of the most aggressive, power-hungry, money-hungry and/or ideological choose to put themselves on the national ballot and make our policies. How scary is that?

When in doubt, what would Jesus do (WWJD)? 

Dan Kowal

Franklin

blog comments powered by Disqus
Read 1925 times

Media

blog comments powered by Disqus

This Must Be the Place

  • This must be the place

    art theplaceWhat to do?

    That was the question I posed to myself when I found out my girlfriend was visiting from Upstate New York. She is someone who has never been to Western North Carolina, never been to Southern Appalachia, let alone anywhere in the South for that matter. 

    Written on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:36 Read more...