VIEWPOINT - Shades of Purple Politics

Communication presupposes a sincere effort to listen.

Why do we struggle to communicate with one another? Whether work-related or political in nature, our ability to convey our thoughts and ideas accurately is not a simple task. Why is that? Political conversations, as an example, tend to be very personal and emotional. When was the last time you had a discussion about politics and spoke easily about your opinions? If you dared have that conversation at all, you likely had it with like-minded folks and didn’t stray too far out of your comfort zone. But what’s to be gained from that?

When it comes to political points of view, civil discourse seems to be a lost art. Political conversations are by nature tough. How then, do we have these important conversations? Well, the answer may be with practice. And to answer that call an opportunity to do just that is being introduced in a rountable forum titled VIEWPOINT. The Polk County Republican Party is hosting an evening for people with various political points of view to express their opinion in a non-intimidating atmosphere. The 1st one will be Tuesday, June 5th at the Sarah Ernst Darnall Building, 33 Peak Street in Columbus. Doors open at 6:45PM. Topic introduction and discussion begins at 7:00PM. No cost to attend. Light refreshments served. All are welcome. For more information, visit this website ( and click on the Events tab.