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One country, many voices

Once again our family has reached a milestone in its development. One of the most cherished goals of each generation in our family has been reaching the age of maturity and being able to participate in the great and continuing process of making our world a better place. I am referring to our duty to vote. Each generation is taught to respect others’ points of view and to really listen before deciding on any issue. Sometimes we are all guilty of closing our ears and not really listening. Our latest graduate to the world of community responsibility is our middle daughter, Lindsay. Recently, Lindsay arrived home after an errand to the store. She was upset. A local candidate’s campaign workers had set up a table in front of the store. As she approached the table, several people of her grandparent’s generation made a few profane and ugly remarks toward the workers. What has happened to the civility that was once one of our country’s greatest strengths -the sense of fair play and honoring other’s opinions? Isn’t the ability to debate and compromise a cornerstone of our great country’s history. When we regress to shouting down the other, no progress can occur. Let us show our children that different opinions can coexist without lowering ourselves to a level that endangers our freedom.

Duff Burgess

Penn Valley

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