Civility discussion in the U.P.

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A lesson about civility in the Upper Peninsula amid divisive times in our country.

The presentation happened at Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette.

One takeaway is to hear people out.

Listen to understand what they’re saying not just to respond.

Also, remember the person you may disagree with is a person and deserves kindness and respect.

Al Edgar was the presenter. He’s also a former U.S. District Judge. He says, “Don’t put yourself in one category and everybody else in another category or the other person in another category. Just understand that we’re all in this together. It’s important that you realize that when you’re talking with somebody who you disagree with the other person might be right.”

One suggestion is to practice being more civil. Meet a family member, friend or coworker who you disagree with in a public place.

Talk with them about the issue and make sure to listen to their perspective.

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