By Brian J. Allfrey
Executive Director, Utah Press Association 

Why we need a community forum

 

October 7, 2021



I am not sure what I expected our country to look like in 2021, but I certainly did not expect it to be so fractured and so bogged down in hate. My oldest son was a year old on September 11, 2001. The wave of patriotism following that day gave me hope for the America that my kids would inherit.

Fast forward twenty years, and that hope has been overtaken by fear. Fear that our country has become so polarized on every issue that it may not survive.

In 1858, Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. Never in America’s history has this quote been truer.

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