There will never be compromise as long as we are so fractured. My way or the highway was not my statement. I am asking, pleading with people to think beyond their living rooms, beyond their communities. I will take a risk here of mentioning a hot topic in your region — coal.

Yes, the displaced miners need work but does it make sense to try to revive a dangerous industry that produces a dirty, unhealthy source of power? I have great empathy for the economic distress in those regions of the country that depended on coal mining but I can see that the coal industry is bad for our environment and for the health and safety of those who work in the mines. There are cleaner, more efficient sources for power. Let’s support those and retrain the coal workers.

Yes, retraining is hard. Changing your way of life is tough but often it’s a necessity. Coal is the past, not the future. Provide the help necessary for the coal mining communities to adjust, evolve, change. Acknowledge that the power industry has changed and will continue to change. I am sure horse breeders were pissed off with Henry Ford, but our government knew the future was in automobiles not horses so it didn’t try to stop Ford and didn’t invest heavily in the horse market to dissuade him. At that time, I am sure the vast majority of Americans were on horseback and knew little or nothing about automobiles.

Progress will occur with or without us. America used to lead the way but now we are hanging back, holding tight to antiquated ideas and systems.

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