Bringing two sides at one site

Editor, OBSERVER:

In this time of increasing polarization of views and demonization of opponents, a small group of local citizens has been meeting to find common ground among people who voted for Secretary Hillary Clinton and people who voted for President Donald Trump. We believe that our democracy is harmed when people can’t listen to one another and speak to one another in a civil manner, and we are all deeply committed to the well-being of our country.

Our focus has been on issues not personalities; on action for the future, not on blame for the past. We are not actually trying to change one another’s minds, but rather to see where we might advocate for the same things, and furthermore, to understand one another’s thinking on the issues that concern us.

The group has met once a month on a Friday afternoon at 2 in a public venue. If you are interested in learning more about the group, please e-mail Minda Rae Amiran, amiran@fredonia.edu.

MINDA RAE AMIRAN,

Fredonia

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