We recently underwent a national election with possible negative consequences. A disturbing aspect of our election system is the increasing use of attack ads.
These ads usually criticize some aspect of a particular individual without any substantive comments about the attacker.
It is a poor way to gain a following but, unfortunately, it often works because it appeals to people’s basic instincts.
Name calling should not be a part of a civilized debate. Those of us who feel strongly about an issue have to endure mud-slinging tactics by others. This is childish and regressive and should have no place in such a tight-knit and caring community as ours but, unfortunately, it is present.
The islands, Lopez included, are a microcosm of the nation at large. This includes the negative aspects as well as the positive ones.
We like to think of ourselves as a progressive community but, naturally, there are those among us that would drag us back to a bygone era.
If we are to maintain some semblance of civility we must recognize this and try to not let it shape our way of life.
Jack M. Pedigo