September 23, 2012

Lack of civility keeps Congress unpopular


In a future column, I will try to glean just how often our leaders manage to look to “the other side” for new ideas that will move our nation forward. In the meantime, let’s keep our eyes open not only to those who agree with us, but also to those who have thoughts diverse from our own, and can express them in a civil, inclusive manner. If Congress did this, I am certain their approval ratings would not be in single digits. Indeed, we may even someday again hold them in our highest esteem.

Colin Read is a contributor to and has published eight books with MacMillan Palgrave Press. He chairs the Department of Finance and Economics at SUNY Plattsburgh. Continue the discussion at

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