OPINION: Jim Howell

Jim Howell

Sedgwick County Commission, Fifth District

The political left and right seem much further apart than they were just a few years ago. The 2020 and 2022 election cycles made this abundantly clear. The political conflicts seem bigger, and the way people treat each other when it comes to public policy is uglier. Political change is inevitable, but I continue to wonder why the political spectrum seems so much more polarized today. Despite popular calls for diversity, inclusion and tolerance, divisive ideology has become less moderate, less kind and less tolerant.

Way back in the 1900s, when I was growing up in Derby, if anyone wanted to know what was going on, they read the morning or evening newspaper or they had three channels of live broadcast TV news to pick from. All three stations went off the air at midnight after they played the National Anthem. Remember those days?


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