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Times-News: Incivility Even Among R’s

If you’ve been following the bloodsport that is the struggle between Tea Party activists and mainstream Republicans for control of the GOP central committees in Twin Falls, Ada and Canyon counties, it’s hard to escape one conclusion: We, as a state and as a society, have forgotten how to disagree without demonizing. Politics has never been pretty in Idaho and in America, but there used to be civil dialogue. Nowadays, there’s neither civility nor dialogue. Are we better or worse off for that? You be the judge. On the national level, we have a government approaching gridlock. In Idaho, many of our elected officials are Republicans who not only won’t talk to Democrats, but won’t work with Republicans they don’t believe are Republican enough/Twin Falls Times-News. More here. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Shawn Raaecke: Tea Party Boise Tax Day rally in Boise)

Question: What will it take for all sides in the various political squabbles to return to problem solving and civility?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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