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Reader's View: Hearings showed need for consensus-building

So, there seems to be a consensus that both Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford were "credible" in their testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford stated she was 100 percent certain Kavanaugh as...

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Denfeld’s 1947 boys basketball team is the only Denfeld basketball team to win a state title. The team’s head coach was Lloyd Holm. Team members were Rudy Monson, Larry Tessier, Paul Nace, Kenneth Sunnarborg, Eugene Norlander, Howard Tucker, Tony Skull, Jerry Walczak, Bruce Budge, Keith Stolen and student manager Bob Scott.

So, there seems to be a consensus that both Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford were "credible" in their testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford stated she was 100 percent certain Kavanaugh assaulted her. Kavanaugh stated he was 100 percent certain he didn't assault Ford or anyone else at any time. Both statements cannot be true at one and the same time.

One of the purposes of a hearing such as the one held is to obtain answers to questions. This hearing produced more questions than answers. Doubt lingers. Doubt can be the ants in the pants of justice. Truth can only be determined by transitioning from doubt to certainty. In this instance, the only way to determine truth was through an impartial, politically unencumbered investigation.

It is the duty of our elected officials to work toward consensus for the good of the country in general and not fight for the good of one party in particular. Working for consensus is hard work. It requires research, debate, compromise, listening, and patience, among other things. Fighting is easy. It requires nothing but a loud mouth and nasty disposition. Consensus-building is dancing a waltz on a crowded dance floor. Fighting is rampaging bulls in a chia shop.

Tim Sheriff

Duluth

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