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Opinion Letters Spirit of cooperation not seen in Raleigh

In his letter to the editor (Sept. 22) Sen. Jim Davis purports to correct the “facts” of his political opponents by providing us with the “real facts” and figures. Most of us know, of course, that facts are often murky and can be bent to any purpose.

As Mark Twain reminded us, “Facts are stubborn things but statistics are pliable.” What does seem certain is that any hope of cooperation with the other party for the good of all of us is not going to happen. It will be business as usual: recrimination, fingerpointing, blamegaming and ideology first, people second.

I suspect most of us are weary by now of the same old adversarial style of politics, sadly seen in both parties, that has created stalemate and lack of progress in Raleigh and in Washington. The senator’s ill-chosen rhetoric (“a failed status quo,” “assault on truth,” and the time-worn bugaboo, “raised taxes”) are all laid at the door of the opposition and show the kind ofleadership we can expect from him. Whether all this is entirely true or not has really become secondary by now.

Sadly, it is evidence of a disfunctional government of warring parties that will never make progress unless there is a new paradigm to business as usual, i.e. coperation rather than scapegoating.

In her bookA Team of Rivals, Doris Kerns Goodwyn writes about Lincoln and his cabinet who were able to overcome deep ideological differences in a time of crisis in our nation and work for the common good. Unfortunately, I do not see such a spirit of cooperation on the horizon, especially from our state senator.

Robert Michael Jones — Sylva, N.C.


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