Conversations over political issues can easily turn into angry disputes leading to busted relationships. The good news is that techniques do exist that help us communicate across our differences. Here’s an opportunity to begin to learn how: On July 4, come to a potluck picnic at Staley Park in Frederick at 11:15 a.m., followed by a 90-minute workshop by Better Angels — an organization begun in 2016 to learn and to help others learn how to speak and listen for understanding and to stop being limited by preconceived ideas and stereotypes. This is what we need to solve problems in this country that we all love.

The Better Angels organization stands out among hundreds of organizations seeking to bridge the divide by maintaining an equal number of conservative- and liberal-leaning people at all levels, from local and national volunteer organizers, to participants and moderators in our flagship workshop, to Better Angel style debates, to local alliance groups addressing local issues, to attendees at our national conventions ... all the way up to the board of directors! It’s the place where you can actually have a conversation across the divide.

We call upon patriots to join us in Staley Park (10th Street and Motter Avenue, Frederick) on Thursday July 4, 11:15 a.m. It’s also a potluck picnic! Bring food or drinks to share. Be prepared to respectfully talk with a person on the “other side” without rancor — a time for fun and learning. See you there, we hope. America needs the “better angels of our nature” as Abraham Lincoln hoped for.

James Carpenter and Jason Laird


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Well worth the effort. But much of our problems come from two very different sets of "facts." I would propose a "lie free zone" if only people who lie think they know the facts. I suspect it all depends on education and that will take years, if it ever happens. Good luck USA. You need good accurate news.

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