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Published: Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

It seems our government can’t agree on anything. Why is that? Maybe everyone is saying the same thing, but not listening.

I once worked with a big man who had a very low and commanding voice, with an unbelievable vocabulary.

We were to have a meeting to solve a problem that three groups had different ways of solving. This man told me to just listen to what he had to say at the meeting. Each group got a chance to present its opinions. When they were finished, this man said that he had a fourth way to solve this problem and continued to present it. He was very convincing. He had included a little of all three groups opinions.

After the meeting, I talked to the man and he said that he had only presented a little of all three groups opinions in what he had to present. Also, I talked to the three groups, and they all said that he had said exactly what they had in mind, without offending anyone. He was able to put it all together to solve the problem to everyone’s satisfaction.

Maybe all that they need to do is listen to each other.

It’s hard to see our government trying to solve other governments’ problems, when they can’t find a way to agree on how to solve their own.

Fritz Von Bruenchenhein

McHenry

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