If you’re anything like me, you’ve grown tired, perhaps at times even disgusted, by all the malicious, meanspirited and un-mistakenly unkind rhetoric we hear and witness on a daily basis. Since when did name-calling and hateful speech become the norm? When did our dialogue turn so vicious and vindictive? When was debate and diplomacy displaced and replaced with threats of terror along with inexplicable words filled with intimidation?

Mike Fitsko is a retired principal and longtime columnist from New Braunfels.

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