Opinion

Civil Discourse: A post-election call to civility

By Roger Utnehmer                          

Thank you to those who cared enough about democracy to vote and to the candidates who cared enough to put their names on ballots and compete for public office.

Congratulations to the winners. May this be an opportunity to recommit to civility in our civic discourse. We need public officials confident enough to compromise when appropriate, to cross aisles when it serves the common good and to reject the rhetoric of division.

People of good will are divided. Many today are frustrated with the inability of elected officials to cooperate. Elections present opportunity to improve as incumbents are affirmed and new leaders are elected.

We owe sincere appreciation to those who serve. Far too few today are willing to sacrifice their privacy and endure the personal attacks leveled at public officials. We need civil disagreement or few will have an interest in public service.

Again, I say to those who ran, thank you. To those who won, please commit to civil discourse, compromise and bipartisanship.

And to those who allow others to manage the affairs of government please give public servants the respect and civility they deserve.

That's my opinion. I'd like to hear yours.

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