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Moore sets a good example by naming the fields after Galligan

May 10—While this generally hurts the citizens of our country, bitter partisanship is the name of the political game.

Even the smallest agreements or concessions between Democrats and Republicans can have repercussions. On important issues, siding with or simply meeting the other party in the middle can anger voters and political organizations.

In February, the Republican National Committee voted to censure two US GOP representatives, Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, for their involvement in the panel investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

Democrats have attacked US Senator Joe Manchin, another party member, over his moderate stances and his refusal, in particular, to support President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act.

As we continue to focus more on politics, it was refreshing to see a great example of respect between opposing parties in Jeffersonville.

Those familiar with the city’s recent political history will be familiar with Mayor Mike Moore and former Mayor Tom Galligan. Moore ousted Galligan in 2011 and the Republican retained the Democrat for re-election in 2019.

Galligan and Moore had many political disagreements, including over how to get the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency off the back of town. Galligan wanted to build a canal. Moore campaigned saying such an idea was too expensive, and the utility opted to undertake a major pipe replacement and upgrade project that is underway.

Despite their differences, the two had a huge impact on Jeffersonville’s success. And Moore, who was under no obligation, gave Galligan a thumbs up earlier this month. The city named the Richard Vissing Park ball diamonds in Galligan’s honor. During the ceremony, Galligan and Moore smiled side by side as new signage read “Welcome to Tom Galligan Fields.”

Moore said naming the fields after Galligan was done because of the former mayor’s commitment to expanding the park.

It was a great gesture from Moore and recognition Galligan deserved. This simple act should also serve as an example to elected officials — local, state and federal — that politics doesn’t always have to be a knife fight.

Our country faces serious dilemmas. Record inflation, rising violence and fear of a world war are among these problems. There is room for heated debate about how we should deal with these issues.

But somewhere along the way, we lost a sense of respect for each other. Many of our elected officials reflect this creeping disdain. Naming ballparks after a former mayor won’t solve the world’s problems, but it does show a sense of decency that is sorely lacking in our world.


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