Letters to the Editor

Young letter: Civil discourse

“Suppressing ideas is not civil.” Sen. Grant Burgoyne got that right (Aug. 9 Guest Opinion). But he still seems to not comprehend where and how suppression affects the lawmaking process.

In this opinion, there is a list of bills that were suppressed and the senator went on to state, “the point is not whether these bills or other bills were good or bad.”… Well, maybe that is exactly what the point should be.

The civil discourse should be public discourse, not political discourse, well before a bill comes before our paid public official lawmakers. It’s called open debate.

By the time the public gets a chance to comment in a legislative hearing, it is more times than not just a public show. The strings have already been pulled behind the scenes and too little of the public has been involved.

Common Core (which is not “just” standards but a system of changes) is the most recent example of the modern lawmaking philosophy that is, if the powers that be want something to happen, do not engage in large-scale open forums. In other words, don’t engage in civil discourse (unless it is scripted and staged).

Both political parties are suppressing the truth.

Victoria M. Young, Caldwell