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A small step toward civility
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While we don’t believe the give-and-take of political campaigns is a major factor in tragedies such as the recent shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords -- it was the work of a deranged man -- we certainly concur with those who say that more political civility would be useful in this country. One small step in that direction will be taken during next week’s State of the Union address when some members of opposing parties have decided they’ll sit together. We all know what we’ve come to expect at the State of the Union -- members of one party standing together and cheering lustily as their president speaks, while members of the other party remain deathly quietly, sitting glumly and looking constipated.

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