One of the instigators of divisions and extremism of views is the application of words that have a wide meaning, such as progressive and conservative, to groups seen by other groups as acting against the common good.

Most people would say they are both if the meaning of progressive is designated to be promoting policies or activities that make life easier or more in accord with realizing the potential of most members of the population. Conservative can apply to preserving the many traditions that underpin pride in what built the country into an example to be followed. That bridge might be a start to working out compromises rather than throwing epithets and dividing the world into us and them.

Marian Tracy

Coos Bay