Freiling's plea for civility hit the mark

Last Thursday evening Mayor Paul Freiling began Williamsburg City Council’s state-of-the-city report with an eloquent plea for the restoration of civility in public discourse and, beyond that, to life in general.

In language that was pointed without being overtly partisan, he condemned what now passes for discussion and debate in so many quarters — the acrimony, the rancor, the bullying. Happily, Williamsburg has not appropriated that model, but the mayor urged his audience to call out such conduct whenever it presents itself.

Freiling deserves a great deal of credit for seizing the opportunity to address what so many of us find increasingly odious in our national life. If in fact all politics is local, perhaps that is where the impetus to change must begin.

John Alewynse


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