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Letter to the Editor: Mr. Rogers

Where is Mr. Rogers when you need him?  After reading Helene Day’s Letter to the Editor today, I think we all need to channel our internal Fred.  Her last few sentences sum it up:  “We want it our way. Not important what you think or care about. Do you not see that yet?”  Now, I don’t want to be prejudiced here against only Republicans.  I know Democrats who hate Trump so much that they refuse to acknowledge the positive actions he initiated.

What do we do with these unyielding individuals?  One solution would be to have my wife give them a mini-seminar.  She used to be the lead teacher at the Quincy Head Start Center for 3 – 5 year old kids.  One of her main goals was to teach them to get along, to share, to realize that there is more to life than just you.

Another solution is the question that will most likely win you any political trivia contest:  who was the only non-family member allowed into President Reagan’s hospital room the evening after he was shot?  The answer hopefully won’t shock too many of you:  the extremely Democratic Speaker of the House from Massachusetts, Tip O’Neill.  It turns out that they fought each other politically during the day but were buddies in the evening.  Oh yeah, they also learned to compromise and work out political arrangements so that everybody won.

Finally, there is the great video that I will attach below.  It is only 30 seconds long, so no one has the excuse that they just don’t have the time or the cognitive processing ability.  It features none other than the ultimate Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, and the ultimate Republican, Newt Gingrich, sitting on a park bench, but not actually touching, talking about how the Unites States needs to take action against climate change and decrease human pollutant emissions.                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi6n_-wB154

So, please remember that there is no us & them.  There is only us.  We need to learn to listen to each other, disagree, and come to a common ground.  Otherwise, history will yet again teach us that the only way to control people is to divide them.  It works every time!
 Jim Cross

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