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A House Divided or United?

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

We should be sending people to Albany and Washington who go with the mission of working together to unite people.

That’s where I take great exception with Mr. Kolb’s letter.

As a member of the Assembly, if he wants to send out a letter to the public it should not be written from a partisan perspective. His first sentence should read: “Assembly wants to raise New York’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour.”

He should then go on to explain his position and why he thinks that increasing the minimum wage will hurt the very people it purports to help.

As citizens we owe it to ourselves and our country to remove the blinders of party allegiance and instead consider issues based on facts and how they will impact not just each of us personally, but all Americans.

Remember, we’re all in this together.

Members of political parties will capitulate and compromise — within their own group — but when compromise happens across party lines it is viewed as a sign of weakness.

Is it foolish to think that government could ever work in an environment where partisan concerns take a back seat to what is best for the people? Perhaps, but our parties created this divide and they must take the lead to begin repairing the damage it is doing to our society. Politics shouldn’t be a sporting event that demands retaliation and redemption, winners and losers. We will never achieve consensus and harmony when conversations start with what divides us rather than what should unite us.

Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@denpubs.com

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