I am a Democrat who has worked with and lived among many reasonable Republicans over the years; many of them live in Central Oregon. Although we have differed on many issues, we could disagree without threatening one another or being disrespectful. We understood the larger principles that sustain a democracy and the vibrant and enriching exchange of ideas it needs to thrive. I call upon my Republican friends and colleagues to speak up, and to take back your party from those at the extreme in Washington who miss the bigger picture. The future of your party and our country are at stake. Speak up. Take your party back. Democrats can not do it. Only you can.

Seth Bernstein