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Milo Mathison, Mentor, Minn., letter: Slash/burn politics hurting the country

Every day we are exposed to ads seeking to destroy the reputation of political opponents. Facts are twisted to portray an image very different from the real person.

Every day we are exposed to ads seeking to destroy the reputation of political opponents. Facts are twisted to portray an image very different from the real person.

It this the way we want to elect those who represent us? Should victory be granted to those most clever at character assassination? Is not this arrogant disrespect for others a major cause of the divisiveness and acrimony in our political arenas? Civil deliberation requires respecting others regardless of their political party or beliefs. Slinging mud at each other is a violation of every code of decency.

Why do candidates stoop to compromising their own integrity in seeking to destroy the reputation of their opponent? The answer is simple ... it works. Remember the impact of the swift boat ads in the last presidential election? This is a sad commentary on us, the voters. We are attracted and influenced by "juicy" information.

These ads will stop if enough of us, when we recognize meanness in the ad, treat it for what it is - garbage.

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