LETTER: Political hatred a sign of our culture’s rejection of civility

To Ozaukee Press:

I want to thank the writer of the editorial in last week’s Ozaukee Press for the astute observation in the editorial’s headline: “Political hatred is not a fit theme for a County Fair exhibit.”

The example of political hatred referred to in the editorial could be viewed as another nail in the coffin of civility. Such incivility, which seems so pervasive in American society today, is a further erosion of what this country and community should be like as we relate to one another.

I remember the days when people actually thanked others when a service was performed for them, as when a payment was made for food service, or when a door was held open to aid someone in need. Have we lost all aspects of caring for one another? Generally, the answer is no, but we are getting close.

In my opinion, the incivility we are witnessing is further proof of the decline and degradation of the American family, our schools and the church in their role of keeping human behavior under control.

What can be done to restore a sense of civility? I believe that road may begin with people being grateful for what we have, instead of being resentful over what we don’t have.

Barrett Genson



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