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By Johnathan Hladik
Policy Director Center for Rural Affairs 

Civility before, during and after election day

 

October 22, 2020

Discussion and debate has always been a part of rural America.

From coffee shops to the local co-op, rural residents aren't afraid to show their loyalty for one candidate or another, share their thoughts on the issues of the day and voice their distrust of the government. Sometimes opinions can spur disagreement and raise tensions. But, in the end, most of us will agree to disagree, shake hands, and go about our day.

Lately, this seems to have changed. The divisive politics of Washington have made their way to our Main Streets. This "us versus them" mentality has damaged relationships, har...



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