We are blessed with many opportunities to let our views be known on important subjects for us and our community. Unfortunately, from public meetings I have attended - two of them in the past week, it is clear that the wheels are coming off! Raw emotion, fear mongering and scurrilous attacks on individuals and groups are not the way to persuade people.

Under the guise of public comment and free speech, such discourse has become routine. Public servants and officials trying to do their jobs for us should not have to endure such behavior and it is often directed at them!

Remember Mom saying “not at the table;” a teacher calling for order in the classroom; a judge banging a gavel to call order to court.

It is time to discipline ourselves and dial things back lest we defeat the very good we hope for.


VOL. 113, NO. 17 - April 26, 2023

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