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Time to bring back civility

March 26, 2010
The Daily Mining Gazette

In lieu of the shouts of "baby killer" and "you lie" echoing through the chambers of the House floor over the past eight months, it is time to bring civility back to Washington - and to the United States in general.

As an increase in partisanship has swept through the country, so has a wave of personal attacks and vulgarity on both sides of the aisle.

The worst instances in recent history came Saturday when protesters outside the Capitol spat on lawmakers while using racial and homophobic slurs toward certain members of the Democratic party. South Carolina Democrat Jim Clyburn compared the atmosphere to that of a 1960 Civil Rights march he participated in. This is certainly not forward progress.

Unfortunately, this should come as no surprise, as the United States has turned into an angrier, more impolite place. TV news coverage has transformed into shouting matches, and the middle finger has become the most popular signaling mechanism for drivers. Recent instances such as two 80-year-olds getting hit by a car on Shelden Avenue by a person who didn't even stop to see if they were OK occur more often than we'd like, and common courtesies are no longer so common.

So hold open the door for that person five steps behind you, make conversation with your cashier and try - difficult as it may be - being generous to that person in your life you just cannot stand.

Let's practice some civility, and maybe instead of the politicians being the role models, they can learn a little something from their citizens.



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