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Commit to civility

To the Editor:

I have become disheartened by the letters printed in the Northwest Herald and the comments posted on your website that drip of vitriolic hatred. When our political dialogue devolves into incessant negative jabbing, we do a disservice to our country.

I have seen very little policy discussion on these pages. Rather, my neighbors have been furthering the sound bite culture of politics, neglecting to focus on policy and opting for negativity and disrespect. It is not my, nor anyone else’s, place to tell you how to vote; your vote is a personal decision that only you can make.

I ask, however, that we reaffirm a national commitment to civility and respect. However we look at these issues, they affect all of us. Democrats and Republicans share one common trait: We’re all Americans.

As the great Illinoisan, Abraham Lincoln, once uttered, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

Stand for productive dialogue; respect your neighbor.

Peter Prindiville

Woodstock

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