Your View: Division is not solution to nation’s problems
At a time when our nation has a “divided political heart,” the title of a recent book by E.J. Dionne, and when friends of different political parties feel the tension of strained relationships, we need to pause, collect our thoughts, and understand that we are Americans first before we are Republicans or Democrats.
This polarization now manifests itself with citizens in 39 states, initiating petitions to secede from the Union. It’s important to revisit our nation’s 236- year history and know that these challenges are not new to our time. The most tragic and damaging division resulted in the Civil War in the 1860s, the darkest time in our country’s struggle with conflicting regional differences. Earlier, in 1830s in the face of rising sentiment in several southern states to withdraw from the Union over a taxation issue, civil war threatened. So the circumstance of division, in our case today the polarization of political views and ideology, is not new in our nation. The key question is how will we handle it.
Abraham Lincoln, founder of the Republican Party, endured the wrath of his detractors. Instead of being drawn into the fray and becoming negative in return, he relied on his human side to deal with difficult situations. He had the ability to include political rivals in decision making, even including several of them in his Cabinet. His approach to division and was captured when he said, “In order to win a man to your cause, you must first reach his heart, the great high road to his reason.”
We can best serve one another and the common good if we follow President Lincoln’s example and take the high road he suggests with a focus on peace and justice. The positive progress of our country depends upon our doing no less.
Mike Pugh served ward, city well
We would like to give a big thanks to our former Councilman Mike Pugh for the caring job that he has done for our area the past several years.
We are saddened at his leaving the office. We feel Pugh has done a lot of work and put in a lot of personal time. A lot of his work went unnoticed.
Pugh represented a large area that consisted of many difficult and challenging situations that were hard to solve or deal with. We praise him for a job well-done.
Pugh was always willing to listen to our situations, even if he could not change them. He was a person who stood for what he believed in. He saw the needs and was willing to try to help each area of his ward. We wish Pugh the best in the future. We will miss him.
DAVID AND LINDA CAMPBELL
YOUR VIEW POLLS
Bob Kollar’s letter today touches on the current wave of petitions for state secession from the United States. What’s your view? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email us your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
High Point City Council gave tentative approval to a plan to develop a business park north of the city that would obligate $13 million in taxpayer dollars as part of the deal. What do you think of this? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email us your thoughts to email@example.com. Here is one response:
• High Point is living up to its name. Everything here is at a high point – taxes, utility rates, handouts. No business parks should go up now. Renovate the empty ones.
Does the latest proposal for a “fiscal cliff” solution make any sense? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email us your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.