Consider This: Civility in politics

Consider This: Civility in politics
(Source: Associated Press)

With the passing of President George HW Bush this week, there is a lot of talk about a time gone by when civility was more present in our political system.

Many people are pointing to a letter the outgoing President Bush wrote to newly elected President Bill Clinton in 1993. Despite just coming off a brutal campaign and a stinging defeat, President Bush put aside his differences with Clinton and welcomed him to the office … offering to support him as much as he needed.

I choose to believe we can still see this civility today … even if we have to look harder to find those examples.

Consider This: Just this week we’ve seen the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners come together to promote unity, despite a change from a Republican to a Democrat majority. Commissioners Woody White and Patricia Kusek now find themselves in minority control, yet each nominated a Democrat to lead the board for the next year.

This spirit may be rare in this day and time, but it’s important for us to take note when it happens to further encourage our leaders to work together to find solutions.

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