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Drop the dogma, embrace compromise

To the editor:

For quite a while now, I have been reading the editorial page and opinions in the Gazette. The same cast of characters has been blaming the state of our country and the world on each other’s views.

The left-wing voices predictably fault the Republicans while the right wing faults the Democrats.

They each claim that the woes of our foreign policy and domestic policy (including wars, the economy, immigration, housing, trade, health care, you name it) are completely due to the inadequacy and stupidity of the other side.

I must say that I enjoy reading the opinions from Clare Higgins and Jay Fleitman — two of the standard bearers of each position in our local area. One of the reasons I enjoy both columns is because they are both so well-written.

But I also laugh and am slightly offended while reading them. I have been taught to question any dogmatic position that claims to have all the answers in a field.

Do they really think that the public is so ignorant as not to recognize we need compromise to solve our current state of affairs?

Instead of blaming the other for “spilling the milk,” let’s look for a way to clean it up! We have watched Congress play this game for the last four years. I think everyone (well, almost everyone) realizes that we are going to have to raise taxes and cut spending to climb out of this hole.

It would be eye-opening to have these politicos suggest compromises in their pieces. What a thought! Oh yeah — but please continue to write your articles good — I mean well.

Jonathan Kahane


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