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‘Work harder to be better’

January 14, 2020

To the Editor:

We deserve so much more … but also need to work so much harder. What would happen if we insisted that elected governmental representatives were serious about listening to their entire constituencies? That they researched, debated, listened and arrived at consensus while legislating? Would the results look different? How is it that the stated opinions of representatives belonging to a political party rarely deviate? Wasn’t Walter Lippmann quoted as saying “Where all think alike, no one thinks very much”? The point is, thinking isn’t occurring. And to what end? Why not? Heck, a group of friends will identify differences while analyzing a Packers game. And that is simple stuff.

How is it that we distinguish ourselves from the “others”? Don’t we all have common goals (e.g. good education, good job, clean water and air, Packers, Badgers, etc.)? Don’t we realize that the “others” aren’t going away?

Many jobs require licensing. Pre-campaign, should we insist on the same for elected representatives? Requirements that include standards such as honesty, integrity, respect, working well with “others”, etc.? Noel Coward once stated “It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” Let’s work harder to be better.

Brad Javenkoski

Star Lake



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