The ivy-covered walls have insulated John I. Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, from understanding the fact that the majority of Americans are unable to engage in the "deep and candid dialogue" he is promoting ("Persuasion as the Cure for Incivility," op-ed, Jan. 9)..
They cannot frame a decent, reasoned argument because they have neither the verbal skills nor a daily educational stimulus to do so.
I would suggest that he watch one hour of "Buckwild" followed by an hour of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" then conclude his seminar with a perusal of highlights from "Moonshiners."
Father Jenkins will then see that bluntness and coarseness have permeated all levels of American society. These elements have forever supplanted the civility he is seeking.
Posted January 15, 2013 at 5:00 am
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