Editor:

We've lost our decency as a country. We don't listen to others to understand and rationally debate because we have all the answers and listen only to disparage. We rewrite history to fit our agenda. The sins of our past are coming back because we’ve forgotten the lessons we should’ve learned and the people who have fought and died to get us here. We separate ourselves based on politics and everyone who doesn’t think exactly like us is lost and unintelligent -- not to mention, they also want to destroy the country. We've lost our humanity too. We take care of each other only after a national tragedy like 9/11 or a hurricane (except for Puerto Rico; they can fend for themselves). We'll happily cut funding to education and a collapsing infrastructure is alright as long as taxes aren't raised. Becoming a flawed democracy and more of an oligarchy is fine if my party is in power. We’ve become selfish and have lost all moral authority we perceived ourselves to have. And to make the Pharisees proud, laws and policies are more important than the impact they have on real people. We're so focused on demonizing and beating our perceived opponents into the ground that critical issues affecting everyone are going by unattended as an increasingly corrupted and out-of-touch government responds to the needs of special interests and not the people they're supposed to serve. So many feel that watching Fox News or CNN makes them informed and engaged citizens, and they’re deluded into believing their manufactured outrage is actually making a difference. We mistakenly think that waging war in this "Left versus Right" battle is going to save the country and make it prosper. Then there are those with their heads in the sand just waiting for this to blow over. But tribalism, ignorance, political apathy, and lack of empathy only chip away at democracy and the Republic we say we love (but our actions show differently). This isn’t normal and it’s not acceptable. There’s absolutely no hope unless we change and start working towards the common good.

COLLIN KOSIBA, Cheyenne

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