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Mourning the loss of America’s civility

I find myself in the state of mourning for the loss of civility in our current hyper-partisan atmosphere.

No longer are we viewed as individuals with a wide swath of experience, opinions, base of knowledge or shared humanity.

I have heard more personal insults directed at individuals based on their party affiliation or lack thereof. Gone are the days when we could all have a cordial and civil conversation, absent insults, to discuss diverse opinions and ideas.

Learning takes place in an environment where divergent ideas and opinions are welcomed. Please, let us all remember that we are sharing this planet with eight billion people, and we are all unique in our own way.

I truly miss the days when Ronald Reagen and Tip O’Neil could work together, and even share friendship, despite vast differences in their political views. We can do better.

Michael J. Stubler

Altoona

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