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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | June 27, 2022

Letter to the Editor: Don’t let a politician’s opinion sway you into voting for them

By Community Member | June 20, 2022 7:09 pm

Some politicians have the power of persuasion and use it over a wide range of issues. They hope to influence peoples’ opinion to their advantage.

What are opinions anyway? They are viewpoints on various matters of interest that are rarely supported by indisputable facts. Many of us have felt strongly about opinions not backed by solid evidence.

People with rigid opinions who are loyal followers of politicians espousing their way of thinking are virtually blind to facts that may partially or wholly invalidate their positions. Polarization and conflict between factions result because of this divide.

Humility and open-mindedness would enable us to see both sides of controversial subjects and be a little toleration of the opinions of others. The best way to go is often to compromise, which is not a final answer but a break in an otherwise stubborn impasse.

We need leaders with good moral character and also proven intelligence, charisma, communication, good decision-making ability, and a record of effectively getting things done. Politicians who primarily act on their own behalf are too rife. Political campaigns don’t always produce the best leaders. We need a better process to find and procure worthy government representatives, executives, and judicial personnel to help our country.

Bear in mind these thoughts as we approach upcoming elections. Don’t be the person that unscrupulous politicians fool into voting for them. Vote on someone based on their merit.

Neal Wallace