Letters Kudos for politicians’ effort to increase civility

Kudos for effort

to increase civility

U.S. Representatives Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, and Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, state Rep. Lori Berman, D-Boynton Beach, and Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams, a Republican, recognize the need to revive civility. I commend their efforts to explore ways to bridge divides in a respectful way.

I appreciate their dedication to rising above the attacks that dominate the political arena, and hope more public officials will commit to building interpersonal relationships while speaking out against ugliness.

As part of Lynn University’s Project Civitas initiative, the four leaders joined professor Robert Watson on April 7 to discuss the causes of the decline in public discourse and identify ways to disagree without being disagreeable.

As some of our representatives in Washington trade insults and disparaging remarks, our institutions are suffering. The ongoing attacks and corresponding gridlock continue to erode public confidence in our three branches of government: Congress, the presidency and the judiciary.

But change is possible. One of the most important steps forward is for public officials to improve the way we treat one another.


Editor’s note: Carolyn Lukensmeyer is executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse

Strike on Syria

an unlawful stunt

In response to “Strikes show Trump is a real president,” (Monday), on the contrary, a real president would have followed the U.S. Constitution, as did President Barack Obama, under the same circumstances in 2013, and asked for congressional approval for this military action. A real president would have shown empathy for “little babies and children” and allowed these war refugees entry into our country prior to the gas attack.

This feckless missile attack, made after a prior heads up to Russia, who then passed it on to the Syrians, was an orchestrated stunt designed to distract from the failings of maybe treasonous acts of a bumbling, inept and incompetent administration. His Russian involvement, the health care overhaul fiasco, tax proposals that would further fleece the middle class, the proposed dismantling of Social Security, non-release of his taxes, nonsensical repeal of regulations, and worst of all, abdicating most of his presidential duties to his unelected son-in-law, underscore his dismal approval rating.


How long will GOP

stand idly by?

How long can we continue to ignore the chaotic state of our government? It has never been like this before, despite what many congressional leaders are saying. The dysfunction at all levels expands each day of this current administration. It is getting truly terrifying to live through this time as the Republican Congress and many of the president’s supporters overlook the facts and try to explain away the issues.

There are so many troublesome new revelations each day that it is impossible to focus on where to start. A majority of people in this country and throughout the world are having sleepless nights because they are worried about how dangerous this situation is — not only for America but for the world as a whole. Republicans need to speak up and get their leader off of his Twitter account, and force him to take his job seriously.

This is not a normal situation, and it is evident that without immediate pressure from Congress, it will only continue to deteriorate.


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