Shepherd University Symposium Explores Restoring Civility in Politics | WDVM25 and DCW50
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (WDVM) – It looks like politics has become a blood sport, and a symposium at the Robert C. Byrd Center at Shepherd University is exploring how to make it more civil.
West Virginia delegate John Doyle has been in office for most of the past 40 years and says things have changed. The Shepherd University Forum explores how things could change for the better and be more civil.
“It’s a lot less civil now than when I first entered the legislature, and not just Democrat, Republican; but even within a party, ”said Doyle.
Steve Bartletts, a symposium student, said it is important “to listen carefully to those who come forward because they represent us, make sure they actually represent us; and I think over time that might help close the gap.
Karen Rice of Shepherd said we need to “realize that we can have differences of opinion and that’s okay. You can have your own opinion, but don’t attack me because you don’t like what I have to say.
Dan Bennett, a former Capitol Hill aide, said that to restore civility, “it will take a lot of hard work. It takes a lot of work to be open to others and their ideas.
This is the tenth year of the Lifelong Learning program at Shepherd University. It is also Shepherd’s 150th birthday.