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Thursday, 12 October 2017 14:35

Feel free to disagree — in a civil way

Written by  Staff Writer

To the editor,
The saying “Making laws is like making sausage,” is attributed to the first chancellor of Germany, Otto von Bismarck. He meant it’s better not to see the process of law-making because it can be a messy process. However, the end product can be quite good if it has the right ingredients and is made the right way.

I’m not so sure sausage is made like it used to be; at least this is the case when there is one-party control in government. One-party control seems to me to bring less compromise and fewer ideas to democracy. It also seems to bring out hyper-partisanship and a lack of civility.

I know democracy isn’t always easy and getting people to agree is challenging. At the same time, we don’t always have to agree with people on the other side of the aisle — or even those within our own political party. But when we disagree, let’s do so in a civil way so negative notions about government aren’t reinforced every time we turn on the news, read the newspaper or check our social media accounts.

Disagreements take on a nasty life of their own when people respond and treat people in an uncivil way. And this not only hurts people, it also disrespects our lawmaking process and government bodies. To be clear, I believe disagreement has its place, but it always should come with basic decency.

state Rep. Don Vruwink
45th Assembly District



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