Wow! Kudos all around to St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis, the St. Cloud Times, St. Cloud citizens, the minority community, church groups, etc. for the loud and civic-minded response to the refugee issue raised by St. Cloud City Council member Jeff Johnson. ( “City Council backs ‘welcoming’ plan amid talk of refugee ban,” Oct. 24.)
There is a relatively new organization, the National Institute for Civil Discourse, that might welcome the debate/discussion that will take place on Nov. 6 at the St. Cloud City Council meeting, when Johnson plans to introduce his proposed ban.
Rather than calling names, let us have the free speech discussion on an issue that divides many of us. "Civil discourse, wherein we actually listen and hear one another, is key to a democratic republic, which our Founding Fathers gave us!
Even though I do not live in St. Cloud, what happens in St. Cloud reflects on all of us in Central Minnesota. Democracy at its best can be on display Nov. 6.