Compromise is not a dirty word

A recent letter to the editor by a resident of Reno suggested that the Democratic Party is a party of “stonewalling and delay” while the Republican Party is “a party that stands for making real improvements in the lives of ALL Americans”. Apparently, what triggered this letter was failure on a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate of a police reform bill authored by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). The bill needed 60 votes to proceed, but not enough Democrats joined Republicans to pass it.

According to Fox News website, the bill would strengthen requirements for law enforcement to compile use of force reports and track no-knock warrants. It would encourage stopping the use of chokeholds or else risk loss of federal funding. It would not ban chokeholds and end qualified immunity–two changes the Democrats wanted.

It seems to me there are legitimate policy differences between Republicans and Democrats that should be amenable to compromise in Senate committees. Both parties appear to be interested in “making real improvements in the lives of ALL Americans.” The disagreement is on how to do that. If one party or the other is unwilling to compromise, little if any progress will be made.

In November voters will choose their representatives. I would urge voters to pick candidates who are willing to compromise on issues, regardless of political party. A “Just Say No” candidate in either party would not be in America’s best interests.

James L. Raney



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