, Newburyport, MA


February 1, 2013

Democracy demands conversation


Intelligent conversation would seem to be at the very heart of what drives and sustains a democracy. The role played by newspapers like yours in conveying that conversation accurately cannot be overestimated.

Presently, those of us working to build a Greater Newburyport Public Forum are looking to develop what may become two forums about “Violence in America.” We envisage the first of these events to be a fact-finding, informative session, formulating some key questions for our focus. In the second, later forum we would project having speakers, printed materials, visuals to recommend positions as answers to previously identified questions. Overall, the effort would be toward problem solving, increased awareness and agreement on policy concerns on the local level, keeping in mind policy directions being taken on the state and national level.

We will be soliciting information and advice in the near future from city and school officials, police, mental health workers and concerned citizens for this series on violence. We sense too that knowledgeable spokespersons will emerge on various aspects of this complex area of concern in American culture. We encourage them to identify themselves — to the Greater Newburyport Public Forum, brought to this writer’s attention.

Walter Mott


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