Tom Fulks promotes division and anxiety
October 26, 2016
OPINION by ANDREA DEVITT
As an educator in California public schools for over 26 years, I have seen this presidential election evoke more distress and anxiety in students like no other. As community leaders, educators and elected officials it is our responsibility to role model civil discourse which includes being honest, being responsible for our own behavior, working for the common good to build a just society and holding all members of our community accountable for their behavior.
I was sadden when I read Tom Fulks’ Op-Ed on Oct. 23, “How Trump has made healing our divided electorate more difficult than ever,” as Mr. Fulks contributes to the partisan divide in our local community when he infers that 3rd District Supervisor candidate Dan Carpenter is a Republican which is not truthful.
Projecting labels on local candidates encourages a culture of divisiveness. Like myself, Mr. Carpenter is not affiliated with any political party. We can teach our children that it is possible to treat all members of our community with respect and we can disagree and still get along.
I ran Mr. Carpenter’s 2012 campaign for SLO City Council and I assure you he does everything in his power to avoid partisan politics.