We read a lot of columnists and letters in The Advocate about how it seems to be impossible for conservatives and liberals to find common ground.
A few weeks ago, I made a favorable online Advocate comment to Danny Heitman about his one of his recent “At Random” columns.
I noticed that another favorable article comment for Heitman came from Phil Beaver, someone who usually has opinions expressed in his letters to the editor or responses that seem diametrically opposed to the ones that I’ve done in the past; he has agreed to let me use his name here.
Following my email invitation for him to meet for coffee to possibly learn more from each other, we met at Coffee Call one day.
“Conversation Rules of Engagement” were simple:
1. No hidden agenda.
2. No goal to change the other person’s opinion.
3. A chance to listen and to learn from each other.
After about 45 minutes of chatting and listening to each other over coffee, it was neat to find some things that we shared in common, like respect for some Eastern thought, regular exercise, music, civic order, fidelity, open-mindedness — even though we are on opposite poles on some very sensitive matters.
We hope to meet again in the future to learn more from each other and possibly open it up to others.
I wonder if politicians have ever tried this?
Keith John Paul Horcasitas