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Mary Stobie brought out a very important point with her article “Two men talking about North Korea.” The fact that two men were talking, and even more important listening to each other, is of critical importance. “Trump derangement syndrome” has reached a point where no one is listening to what the other has to say. Even if the other side makes a good point, it is discarded out of hand.
The other day I was able to have a discussion with another dog owner at the Arvada Dog Park. She had the opposite view that I did, but as both of us are of retirement age I think that made a difference. We could discuss without arguing. That is the way it used to be. Votes in congress on either side of an issue used to include members of both parties. Now if you don’t toe the party line you are disenfranchised.
Not only is communication important, it needs to be informed communication. I am constantly amazed at how many people have an opinion, but no facts to back it up. Jeffco school superintendent Jason Glass gave us part of his vision for education in the same edition of your paper. I hope his vision for the future of our students includes a good dose of education on critical thinking and decision making.
Recent studies have shown that this is an area that is lacking for graduates all over the country in both high school and college. The brain washing instilled by political correctness has helped create the division and hostile communication we now see between opposing views. This can only change if we all personally make an effort. Will you?
By the way, this is probably not a good year to hang up mistletoe at the office.
William F Hineser,Arvada
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