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Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, March 20:
A Gallup poll conducted last December found almost seven in ten Americans said the nation is divided on its core values. Those results probably didn't surprise many people who hear the loud, heated arguments on the issues of the day and conclude shrill is what characterizes most public debate.
Whether it was the stand-off in Washington over raising the nation's debt ceiling two-and-a-half years ago, the fiscal cliff debate late last year, or the federal budget sequester last month, Democrats and Republicans in Congress and in the White House apparently can't or won't compromise and sometimes don't even appear to be interested in finding solutions to problems.
The disagreements often seem personal too, marked by one side or the other demonizing the other and resorting to name calling.
Allegheny College in Meadville is encouraging civility in political discourse with an initiative through the school's Center for Political Participation. The college presented the second annual Allegheny College Prize for Civility In Public Life last month to Senators Dianne Feinsteinn (D-California) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina).
Allegheny College President Dr. James Mullen will appear on Wednesday's Radio Smart Talk to explain why in his opinion, civility is so important in a democracy.
Also, two deer in the wild were recently diagnosed for the first time in Pennsylvania with chronic wasting disease. The Pennsylvania Game Commission's Robert Boyd will tell us about the disease and who or what are at risk.
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