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Letter: 'Day of civility' questions

To the Editor:

In last week’s newspaper, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, wrote a letter to let us know that he supports legislation to officially declare a “Day of Civility.” As one of his constituents, I know that we need more than one day of civility and we need more than our representatives telling us to be civil. We need those who were elected to represent us to lead by example. 

Our current president has repeatedly acted in uncivil ways, especially on his official Twitter account. And yet, not once has Randy Hultgren spoken out in criticism over President Trump’s immature, embarrassing and rude words such as calling people “crazy” and “psycho.” I urge Rep. Hultgren to speak out against the bullying happening by the person holding the highest position in our country. I urge Rep. Hultgren to spend time reflecting on his own letter to the editor, the word “civility” that he has defined in it, and whether or not the current president truly acts and speaks with politeness, respect and kindness. 

House Resolution 400 encourages civility in our schools, work places, and public places and “calls on all Americans to practice civility.” Yet it does not specifically ask our own politicians and our own president to practice civility. Rep. Hultgren and your colleagues: please, lead by example, not by decree. 

I am looking forward to seeing civility demonstrated by the current slate of candidates for the next election for Hultgren’s 14th Congressional District seat: Victor Swanson, Jim Walz and Matt Brolley. We are fortunate to have these candidates who want to lead by example and truly listen to, respect and take care of the people of District 14. I hope all District 14 voters, regardless of political affiliation, pay attention to these candidacies. 

Rachel Engelhardt

Yorkville

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