Thank you for publishing two excellent columns on page A7 Wednesday. Geoff Kirsch and Leonard Pitts Jr. have each stated well the need for American public discourse to return to honest, open, and civil discussion.
Sure, people have always shouted at each other, waved signs in protest, and disagreed noisily and passionately. But never in my lifetime have I witnessed the level of demagoguery that occurs at all levels of our daily lives. Whether it is the radio talk jocks or the Fox News commentators, Senators or ex-governors, too much of public discussion centers on simplistic and emotional pitches that put the worst TV commercials to shame.
The need for rational discussion on critical public issues is one reason I strongly support Scott McAdams to be our next U.S. Senator. From what I have read and heard (and I am an admitted political junkie), Joe Miller will do nothing to advance the quality of debate. His campaign of half-truths and shallow attacks, supported by outside extremists, shows that he will go to Washington and fit in perfectly with the do-nothings and know-nothings that have managed to turn the Senate into a molasses factory. Scott McAdams, on the other hand, is the kind of solid Alaskan who can sit down with anyone and have a real conversation about the best way to solve a problem - exactly what this state and this country needs. Both sides of any argument need to stake out their positions clearly and vigorously. But they then need to be able to work towards constructive solutions. Our needs are great and without civil discourse, we will run out of time to move forward.
Before you vote, think seriously about how your vote will affect our state and our country and whether you are supporting more shouting or more problem solving. I hope you choose the latter.
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