Letters to the Editor

July 28, 2014

No need for the extremes

I enjoy annoying politicians. It's my hobby. My hobby also leads me into discussions with people who are not politicians.

One thing I've discovered is that some people are all or nothing in life. I'm sure this is beneficial to many endeavors but I believe it gets in the way sometimes, too.

I've discovered that some people jump to conclusions about comments I make. They think that because I am not in total agreement with them, I must be 100 percent against them. That is not true.

There are lots of things I don't like about corporate America but that doesn't mean I want to blow up the whole system and change everything. There are lots of things about our welfare system I don't like but that doesn't mean I want to end welfare.

We do not have to be in extreme to defend our opinion. We have to understand that to find common ground and compromise on any issue, we have to dissect the differences. We have to ask questions about the other person's opinions and not jump to conclusions about what they believe. When we try to determine where the other person stands on the issue, we may learn aspects we never realized ourselves.

Everybody wants everybody else to have a job. We're all in agreement on that. The biggest question we have to answer is how to create jobs.

How to get companies to hire more people?

Answering that question will help everyone.

Brad Sewell

Collinsville

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