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Without prejudice there would be more civility

Recently, columnist Paul Jacobs attempted to connect the hanging death of a Kentucky census worker to tea party anger and Republican incivility (“Civility spiraling away”).

This was speculation at best on the part of Jacobs. But now according to breaking news reports, Jacobs’ speculation was really just his own preconceived judgment.

AP reports that the Kentucky State Police have determined that the census worker committed suicide. The AP story further states: Kentucky State Police Capt. Lisa Rudzinski said an analysis found that “fed” was written “from the bottom up.” He was touching the ground, and to survive “all Mr. Sparkman had to do at any time was stand up,” she said.

In addition, the census worker had taken out high value insurance policies and had discussed killing himself with a credible witness.

These facts presented by Kentucky law enforcement leave Paul Jacobs with very little credibility.

According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, prejudice is defined as: a preconceived judgment or opinion; an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge; an instance of such judgment or opinion; an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristic

I think it is safe to say that there would be more civility in this world if Mr. Jacobs could learn to overcome his own prejudices.

Rick Reiss



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