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Blame game doesn’t work

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Oh, puh-leeze. Another negative letter to the editor (Valley Journal, June 13), this time blaming the war on women on the Democrats.  Really? This letter uses the bullying tactics commonly seen on an elementary playground: accusing, labeling, name-calling, blaming, and using loaded words. Widening the gap by mud-slinging is inappropriate and not to be condoned in a civilized society.

Some people see the world as black and white, or “us” versus “them.” May I suggest that there are many gray areas to consider. When I taught third grade, I prided myself on helping the kids to see that there is usually more than one right answer to a problem. As they got the hang of critical thinking skills, they were excited to know that there are many pathways to finding solutions, as well as many ways to validate someone’s point of view.

As I see it, there is a polarizing war going on in this country between the narrow-minded (“my way or the highway”) and the open-minded (“have you considered this option?”). The only way we will ever make any progress is when we find a way to work together, to respect each other, to compromise, and to come up with common solutions for the good of all.  We are all Americans, and we all want what is best for our country.

In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Food for thought.

Nancy Teggeman

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