We have a president who calls everyone who disagrees with him a “low-IQ individual.” We have a governor who takes to social media to rally the voters against legislators who don’t share his views about the PFD. Civil discourse? I don’t think so.
We have the same problem in Alaska that we have on the national level: a lack of willingness — or inability — to engage in respectful dialogue. I believe all of our legislators care about the citizens of the state of Alaska and they care about the Permanent Fund dividend, but there are different opinions about how best to proceed. Attack tweets from Gov. Mike Dunleavy are not going to do anything to make agreement any easier to reach, and they certainly won’t encourage a civil tone in discussions aimed at resolving differences of opinion.
— Connie Nuss
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