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Unpoisoning America

To the Editor:

For too many years, our political scene has been scarred by hate, which has divided our nation and hurts our future.

Some commentators and media outlets promote hate-mongering and encourage division of our citizens, demonizing opponents and falsely claiming they are the only truth. Their ideas and words often are closer to fantasyland than reality. They choose their my-way-or-the-highway attitude as a means for their economic profit.

For the second presidential election in a row, the voting group of Republicans, tea party, religious right, and racists have proven failures; their combined numbers are simply not competitive in the national political scene. Their views and preferences twice have been rejected by a majority of Americans. They can’t dictate the national agenda.

If they have any hope of having an impact in forging a better future for our nation, they need to change course and become participants in our democracy, and begin working on consensus. A recent poll by the respected independent Pew organization affirms that 80 percent of Americans prefer politicians who work together.

Politicians who remain bobbleheads for the ultra-rich will remain losers in the popular vote.

We can be competitors, but we are not enemies (despite what the hate-mongers say). We need to work with each other and not against each other.

United we stand, divided we fall.

Art Peterson

Spring Grove

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