There is a proposed building project in our city that would convert a 1 mile section of Monroe street from a 4 lane road to a 2 lane road with sidewalks, bus stops, etc...
The proposition has stirred up all kinds of support and opposition. No Monroe signs are all along the street which has prompted another group to start up Know Monroe to try and get more accurate information out about what the project could do/would do for business, etc...
I just learned from someone involved with Know Monroe that they have been getting threatening phone calls from No Monroe people and had to ramp up their security on a business as a result.
Businesses are angry. People are picketing. Facebook posts are piling up. Mean letters are being written. Each is calling the other ignorant, uniformed and stupid - sometimes justified, sometimes not.
The Sheriff just weighed in with his opinion. The Sheriff? (Well, he drives the road every day too.)
And this is over a 1 mile section of street, used by about 15,000 cars a day in Spokane, WA.
This is almost nothing - and is nothing in the grand scheme of things. And we're threatening each other over it?
Is anyone surprised at what is happening everywhere else in the country?
This problem is deeper than Trump, Clinton, Monroe Street or, even, immigrants.
Until we start admitting that, I'm not sure we're going to get anywhere.