A common ground needed for citizens

To the Editor:

Are citizens of the U.S. really as divided as the media and the two parties would have us believe? I think not. They tend to magnify our differences so we end up thinking of each other as our enemy.

For more than 40 years I have worked with people from all different political persuasions (including radicals) and have discovered that the basic working class is not so divided as one might think. Usually it is not over the basics but instead over how to achieve solutions.

One man here in town, on the opposite side of the aisle from me, has graciously offered an olive branch to citizens of all persuasions who would like to sit down and talk about our similarities and differences, where we overlap and to discuss possible solutions to our country’s ongoing problems.

We are planning for the first meeting to be jobs and job creation. A time and place will be determined when we see the amount of interest we have. We welcome all who would like to join us, whatever your political or religious affiliation, regardless of race, age, sex, etc.

I think we owe each other that much. Come join us. Anyone interested is asked to call Jim at (320) 632-1843 or Greg at (320) 632-3969. — Greg Smith, Little Falls

  • Matthew Ott

    If we want to see civility and dialogue at the capitol, it must start in local community meetings. Way to go Greg and Jim! I hope I can attend a meeting.

  • Thanks, Greg and Jim!

    One quick question: Greg, who are the “radicals”, and why would one isolate a category called “radical” if one is interested in “closing the divide”? It would, seriously, be helpful to know what you mean by “radical”. Please answer, if you read these comments. Thanks, (from a potential “radical”, middle-class housewife, depending on how you define it!)!!