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Over the last six months across the country and especially here in Montana, we have all been subjected to the barrage of negative political campaign ads. The scope of which has found each one of us in many different platforms: U.S. mail, email, text messaging, social media, and even ads before YouTube videos. If the barrage of ads were focused on the positive and issue-based information, that was thought-provoking by nature, they would have been fine.

As a public school teacher, principal, and superintendent over the past 18 years, I am ashamed of our political leaders, including those running for office, and their attempts to “bully” each other and the citizens through their negative campaign ads. I remember a time where we had positive civil discourse and an exchange of ideas/debate, and honored one’s opinion even if it differed from that of ours. The new campaign strategies have changed to embrace the bashing and bullying of each other and associated political party affiliation.

If they were students in a public school, we would have issued progressive consequences for their actions up to and including suspensions! What kind of example are our political representatives and those running for office setting for our students? I ask you to internalize the discussion, share with your friends and family, and then publicly demand more from our political representatives and those running for office. Let’s get back to the political debate on the issues and leave the bullying behind.

Robert DoBell

Bonner

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