Letter: A discussion across the deep political divide

To The Editor,

I was surprised to receive a knock at my door recently from Jane Donze, Republican candidate for District Judge. I am a registered Democrat. Her opponent in the November election will be Al Iacocca, Democrat.

After introductions and some opening discussion, I asked her if she agreed with me that Donald Trump should be impeached. Jane said “Yes”, but added that she didn’t think that will happen. It did make me wonder, though, what she says about Trump when she knocks on Republican doors. Is she as forthright with them about her political opinions? 

Jane then began to attack her Democratic opponent for the fall election in an effort to sway my vote. I did not appreciate the undeserved, inaccurate negativity that does not belong in a judicial race. I am aware of Iacocca’s experience as an attorney and business owner, and his long-standing service and commitment to the community. Al is engaged in several local youth development initiatives, he is a Rotarian, and he serves on a number of local boards.

Open, fact-based, cross-party dialogue will highlight key differences among all candidates as we approach the November elections in Chester County. Are we capable of narrowing the divide across the two widening “alternative universes” that separate us? Improved political discourse has a better chance of happening at the local, rather than national, level. We need a thinking electorate to hold our government officials accountable.

Dan Murphy


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