Most of what we witness today among our politicians, our media and elsewhere are political harangues, personal attacks and biased opinion. We seldom witness much in the form of in-depth dialogue addressing the pros and cons of policy ideas and positions.

When the public is manipulated — or allows itself to be —by emotion instead of reason and plain old common sense, the society and country at large loses. In fact, we run the risk of losing our ability to govern ourselves responsibly in keeping with our founding principles and implementing laws.

Whatever one’s political party affiliation, he or she owes it to themselves to be factually informed on all sides of an argument or position. Our carefully crafted democratic form of government rests on the fundamental premise of an honestly and impartially informed citizenry.

James N. Anderson, Green Valley

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