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Civility is the answer

Michael Gerson’s June 10 column “Civility makes our political system noble” should be required reading for everyone, especially those in government today. The last paragraph explains it best:

“Those who see politics only as a method to defeat enemies and advance favored aims have lost sight of something important. We should honor democratic values such as civility, not only because they make our system function, but because they make our system noble. We should treat our fellow citizens with respect because we share a role in, and responsibility for, an experiment in self-government that remains the last, best hope of Earth.”

We all have a responsibility to our fellow man. This means not running rough-shod over our neighbors; not shooting off our mouths, as well as our guns, when we are angry; not calling others names that we wouldn’t want to be called.

Many of us were taught from day one to be nice and to “do unto others as we want them to do unto us.” But this seems to have been lost by many in today’s world because our leaders are not practicing it — and we tend to emulate those in leadership positions.

As Sharon Randall said in a recent column: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” We should all be practicing what these two columnists are saying. Be nice. Be kind. Be civil.

Betty Bewley

Winston-Salem

Census lies

Look, this isn’t really about politics. It’s about right and wrong. It’s about the rule of law.

The members of the House Oversight Committee were all duly elected. They have the authority to demand documents from government figures like Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Attorney General William Barr.

Politics are involved, though, in the Trump administration’s addition of a citizenship question to the U.S. census and in its refusal to release documents about the question. Why else would they refuse? What could they possibly have to hide if they’re telling the truth?

The census professionals, the nonpartisan experts who put the census together, the people who study this and implement it for a living, said the question would skew the results. That should have been the end of it. Ross should have said, “Oh, I didn’t realize. You’re right, let’s forget it.”

Instead, he’s taken it all the way to the Supreme Court. His motive has to be political — it’s the only thing that makes sense. If it were a matter of accuracy or the Voting Rights Act or anything else he claimed, he still would have accepted the judgment of the professionals — and he still would be willing to show the documents.

Trump is a liar and his administration lies. And if they win, the census will be a lie.

Mel H. Henderson

Winston-Salem

A tax on America

The Mexican tariffs President Trump is still threatening to pass are a tax on the American people, not on Mexico.

So Mexico might make us pay for the wall. Great.

Wendy Marshall

Winston-Salem

Unlikely to resonate

A case could be made that the Democratic Party that once stood firmly in the corner of the American working man is now poised on the cusp of something akin to socialist oblivion.

To secure the party’s 2020 nomination, a candidate has little choice but to embrace a toxic mix of socialist baggage that will be a difficult sell in the American hinterland between New York and California. And that candidate will have to run against the Trump economy, knowing full well that the American electorate has never voted “no” to economic prosperity.

In short, the Democrats figure to roll out a flawed candidate with a message unlikely to resonate in the American heartland. Sound familiar?

Mike Parker

Pfafftown

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