CIVIL DISCOURSE

 

WE MUST DO BETTER

The shooting of lawmakers practicing baseball was horrific.

My prayers go out to everyone involved.

I’d like to think this latest event — which is certainly an extreme act of lost civility — is the last straw.

However, we’ve had so many “last straws” over the past few years that I suspect this won’t be the end of the ongoing problem.

As I see it, the problem is that we’ve all become so polarized and insensitive that we don’t really communicate with each other.

We talk past the other person.

And we certainly don’t listen or understand or empathize

This is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue.

It is an American issue.

We can do better.

No, we must do better.

We need to use this tragic moment as a major “Ah-ha” moment a lesson that no good can come out of the incessant politicking and blaming and polarization.

Kenneth A Tannenbaum,

Jacksonville

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ALEXANDRIA SHOOTING

WE MUST WORK AS ONE

The violence in Alexandria is only one of numerous examples of how outraged and divided our citizens are today.

It is spawned by internet and news sites that both provide and encourage material that only inflames the prejudices of many people.

Politicians have quietly stood by and through their silence taken advantage of and encouraged such partisanship.

They now should take the lead by working with each other in a true effort to improve the lot of all citizens and the nation as a whole.

Each of us can also do our part by not encouraging and participating in this derogatory discourse be it on the internet or in public.

We need to keep in the forefront that we are one nation — one that attained greatness by working together under a common bond for the good of all versus an elite few.

Lou Orban, Southside

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POLITICAL NOVICES

NOT READY TO LEAD

It has become exceedingly apparent over the last few months that merely having been a businessman is insufficient experience for becoming president of the United States.

In this particular case, filing for bankruptcy six times does not show great business acumen.

Lying to creditors, not paying contractors and deceiving potential investors are all additional actions that clearly do not make someone presidential material.

Actions and behavior must always be taken into account.

While Mitt Romney had been a very successful businessman without a tinge of dishonesty in his business affairs, he also had been the governor of Massachusetts.

In addition, Romney’s leadership abilities were quite apparent during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

He’d have likely been a great president.

For the future, Americans have to think carefully about experience and quality and integrity in choosing its next president.

Otherwise, what the United States is now experiencing will plague our country again.

Terri Quint, Ponte Vedra Beach

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story placement in the t-u

missing the big picture

The June 14 edition of the Times-Union included eight pages of international, national and local news in the A-section, which is where one looks for such news.

Yet an article detailing the passage of legislation affecting the monumental issue of veterans affairs — in accordance to a promise made by President Donald Trump — was on page B-6.

It was likely missed by many readers.

I don’t always read the Sports and Life sections in their entirety — which now leads me to wonder what other trivial news I may have missed.

Morgan Lawrence, Jacksonville

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STATESMANSHIP

A LOST ART

Once upon a time, a United States senator was someone regarded as being the epitome of statesmanship: eloquent, well educated, a model of decorum, well spoken, well versed in the facts.

Now we have senators ranting, raving, using vulgar language, leaping to conclusions, degrading fellow senators and having little or no knowledge of subjects on which they speak.

Some have even accused the president of the United States, the Attorney General and a four star Marine combat veteran of being liars and traitors.

It is politics gone insane.

How far we have fallen!

Bill Breese, Jacksonville

CIVIL DISCOURSE

SELF-INTEREST RULES

The potential for civil discourse in today’s climate is very limited.

Those opposed to President Donald Trump’s goals, both Democrats and Republicans, wallow in their swill in the public trough.

Their obstruction of the president’s efforts to achieve his administration’s goals is due to the fact that the swamp is full of those who place self-interest above politics and the issues.

Meanwhile, the public suffers from a national heath plan that is vertical and insurance oriented — doctor to consumer — and community coordinated health care that once existed in our communities is only a memory of a few.

Our citizens and taxpayers deserve better than this.

Let us pray for some light in this darkness.

Henry C. Warner, St. Augustine