Letter: Candidates should sign civility pledge

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As Americans, we are privileged to live in a country that allows us to choose our political leaders. And yet in this election cycle, it feels as if we are anything but fortunate regardless of our political affiliation. For months, we have been bombarded with vulgar, often-untruthful, vitriolic political rhetoric masqueraded as track record and truth.

We are desperately in need of a change. If a democracy is to flourish, we need to have debate based on mutual respect and honesty.

In order to emphasize the importance of respectful political debate, the Maine Council of Churches has invited congressional and legislative candidates to sign a pledge to be civil. As a local pastor and council board member – as well as a registered Maine voter – I write to encourage all candidates to sign the covenant.

The Rev. Carolyn Lambert
Woodfords Congregational Church