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TACOMA: Ibsen, Smitherman show welcome civility

Letter by Margi Nowak, Tacoma on Aug. 19, 2011 at 10:52 am with 1 Comment »
August 19, 2011 2:18 pm

An adverb in the front-page story (TNT, 8-17) about the Tacoma City Council primary election used a word that is rare in political discourse about opposing candidates today: “fondly.”

Yes, Anders Ibsen and Karen Smitherman know and respect each other, and they are both taking pains to keep their relationship grounded in human decency.

The voting public is so starved for civility among our political leaders and would-be leaders that we ought to shout out our affirmation from the rooftops about what is happening here in Tacoma: Two opponents are acknowledging each other’s strengths and good will and are refusing to get caught up in the name-calling and dirty tricks that are unfortunately all too evident in so many other political contests.

It is so refreshing to see that these two candidates are taking the high road and referring to each other with respect. May it continue and spread!

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  1. tree_guy says:

    If they’re really that sweet on each other why don’t they get a motel room?

    As a voter, I’m not interested in how much they are alike. I’m interested in what their differences are. Let’s be careful not to mistake apathy for civility.

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