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Language is tearing this country apart. 

When someone does not agree with you socially, politically, morally or regarding religion, how do you react?

Do you simply recognize that they have a different opinion? Do you engage in a civil discussion regarding the differences? Or, do you call them a moron, an idiot, a racist, a sexist, an ideologue or any other derogatory name?

I’ve seen more and more people engage in the latter. And I believe it comes from our political leaders on both sides and the media. Our politicians and media are so polarized that it spreads down to the citizens. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard a civil debate on the radio or television about current affairs without it progressing to insults and wild accusations.

Just because someone doesn’t agree with you doesn’t make them wrong or mean they are a moron. If a more tolerant discourse were used, I believe that this country would be less divided and people would not be so quick to fly off the handle.

Let’s stop tearing the country apart by the language we use. Let’s stop and think carefully about the language we are using before we speak. Make sure it is constructive not destructive. 

Phil Rudd, Blue Mound

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