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The health of our nation depends on our sense of community. I did not vote for Bruce Rauner for governor, but I will work to support his efforts to remedy the financial disaster we call the state finances. I did vote for President Obama both elections, but do not support the secret Trans-Pacific Treaty destined to harm the body politic by favoring international corporations over our working folks.

Both parties have significant principles, but we need, each of us, to find that truthful American spirit for the general welfare — for which our Constitution was written. Tea party ideologues and other uncompromising groups, unfortunately, worship their own ideas and principles more than the Constitution. They twist the Constitution into some narrow interpretation: I am right, you are wrong.

Heartless ideologues have used trickery, legalized bribery, outright lies and masks of religion and patriotism to divide our nation. Instead of working for the common good and the general welfare, they choose to attack opponents personally. They avoid the healthy, vigorous tension of listening to, reading and meeting any reasonable arguments that might modify their mind.

If you have closed your mind and stopped learning from uncomfortable confrontations, then you will take any argument, dismiss it and attack the person. If your mind is open, you will welcome disagreement as an enrichment and opportunity to consider and admit the truth, and help our community.

The disdainful person considers his or her mind above others. The caring person does not, but welcomes differences.

Joris Heise

Waynesville

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