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Saturday, June 03, 2006

delawareonline ¦ The News Journal ¦ Yard-waste bill would trump planned DNREC ban
I can't offer an opinion on the bill discussed in this article since it's a bit of a technical discussion that I am in no way qualified to discuss, but I wanted to commend DNREC Secretary John A Hughes for his following remark about House Majority Leader Wayne Smith:
I know Wayne Smith, and he's a true believer. He's not introducing this bill out of some effort to restrain DNREC, he's doing it because he believes in it. I don't think he's right, but he's sincere.
Our politics would be a lot less poisonous if more people followed Hughes' lead and accepted the sincerity of the views of those with whom they disagree. Rather than assuming that Democrats are selling out to the abortion lobby or unions, etc or that Republicans are selling out to conservative Christians or big business, why not assume that they actually support the policies they are defending. You'll get less angry. You're more likely to be able to work with them to accomplish something, since no one wants to work with someone who insults them. I think you'll also be right more often than not. I think people really overestimate the corruption present in politics. People run for public opffice because they believe in something. Should we then expect them to abondon the principles that got them involved in the first place? Of course not.

Disagreement with someone is not prima facie evidence of their corruption, and politics will be a much better activity once we start acting on that principle.

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