Anyone following social media or reading the local newspapers can clearly see there is an ever-increasing divide eating away at Yankton County. Discussion and debate are healthy, but is what we are seeing constructive?
There is a basic understanding that respect and civility are necessary to ensure effective dialogue. But that is not what is happening. More and more comments and articles are Ad hominem fallacies, or personal attacks. This methodology does not reflect well on your case, and typically alienates much of your audience. If you disagree with someone or something, attack the argument not the person. This would require listening to the opposing point of view, something sorely lacking currently.
Quality of Life for South Dakota, a local non-profit, has worked tirelessly in efforts to enlighten the local populace of the negative aspects that accompany hog confinements. The information provided via website and Facebook page questions the production model and provides factual data collected over decades of research and study. Unfortunately, the group, its members, and like-minded people have been the target of numerous personal attacks by a select few who stand to gain financially from engaging in this production model.
Questioning actions, motives and methods is appropriate and necessary in all things that affect a community. But when questioning turns into personal attacks we’ve moved away from any attempt to find common ground, or viable solutions. Yankton County, we are better than this.