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Extreme partisanship discourages young voters

As a 17-year-old and soon-to-be-registered voter, the era of extreme partisan politics is terrifying to me. Government as we've seen it our entire lives has been full of bias and disrespect to government officials all across the board. We've been shown an image of pushing only your party's agenda, regardless of personal political beliefs. We've been subjected to a time period where it's increasingly uncommon to reach across the aisle to get things done. This is easy to see with government shutdowns in just the last two administrations lasting a total of 54 days, while all previous government shutdowns total up to 33.

The contempt between people with different political beliefs has spread to the everyday lives of Americans, as well. It's startling to see the complete lack of respect that is displayed by fully grown adults on social media to those who oppose their party, policy or official of choice. The pattern of ugliness and hyper-partisan politics will not only more than likely find its way into my generation of voters, it may discourage many from voting at all. The reintroduction of politeness into politics isn't only necessary for the way we communicate with each other, the way this country is viewed around the world, or any other surface level issue. It's crucial for the sustainment of our democracy.

Ethan Butler-Hawkins, Centerton

A few characteristics and a few questions

Let's imagine you have gotten to know a certain man whose character is distinct and unusual. The first thing you notice about him is that he almost never tells the truth. He tells lies even when the truth would serve him better.

This man's professional life is a long trail of unethical, illegal behavior. It's marked by racism, broken agreements, conning others and cheating on taxes. He has a notorious history of sexual misconduct including serial adultery. Dozens of women have accused him of sexual assault. In numerous interviews, he has bragged about his sexual exploits.

This man appears to have no sense of boundaries and no regard for the law. The only thing that seems to concern him is that he get his way in all things, and he will trample over everything and everybody to do this. His energies are consumed by anger, holding grudges, getting even and insulting those who disagree with him in the slightest way. The most disturbing thing about this man is that he appears to be devoid of conscience and compassion. He never admits a mistake and never apologizes. He knows no shame. He has even said that not once has he felt a need to repent or ask forgiveness from God.

How do you feel about this man? Would you want you daughter to marry him? Would you proudly welcome him into your family? Would you feel good about placing him in a high office of public trust?

Something to think about.

Sandy Wylie, Bella Vista

Commentary on 01/14/2020

Print Headline: NWA Letters to the Editor

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