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Use words, not fists, when debating

The presidential election between U.S. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is heating up not only for the candidates, but the voters, too. I was at a Queens diner, where I witnessed an argument that got out of hand.

Two patrons were discussing the candidates and who could best run the nation. One said, "Obama is going to bring change," while another said, "We would be better off with McCain, who has far more experience."

At this remark, the first man got up and hit the second in the back of the head with his fist, while the second man responded and a fist fight resulted. The fight was broken up by the diner's owner.

This is the tip of the iceberg, for I have seen and heard similar arguments, but not as violent. It is a shame we cannot discuss our political views without arguments arising. We still have a month before the election and I foresee more altercations.

We need to remember true democracy only works when we can have constructive dialogue, even though we may disagree with one another.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Glen Oaks Village

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