A myriad of reports have come out recently that tell us something we all probably know: we live in unprecedented times of division; politically, ideologically, philosophically, etc. As a member of the city council in Bayport I’m even starting to see the erosion of common courtesy and decorum between residents with each other and with city staff. It seems as if we’re starting to lose sight of the humanity behind our differences of opinion.

In the not-too-distant past we could engage our minds on these issues for a short while, then put them aside and go about our daily lives. Today however we are bombarded with a steady flow of information from social media sites, constantly-updated news streams, and twenty four-hour TV news channels. As pervasive as they are it becomes ever more difficult to just “turn them off.”

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