Civil Discussion, sometimes I wonder if it is dead. It is mentioned in our Code of Conduct, "We don’t mind if you disagree with another member of the board, we just ask that you keep it civil." So I looked up the definition of civil- adequate in courtesy and politeness :mannerly Yes, I had a conversion recently where I was left just nodding my head and making appropriate, Oh really, I didn't know type statements but that was not really what I was thinking. I want to talk truths but it seems many people now discuss in a reactionary manner or they discuss what they saw on TV without researching to see if what they saw was the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The conversation that I had, started out with them saying, "I know you are on the opposite side but....." All I know is that it was a rant that made no logical sense. Sometimes I feel by being polite and courteous, I come away feeling unheard. It seems the silent majority practices civil discussion and civil behavior but that makes them silent which may not always be a good thing. Is it an issue? Probably not but it really weighs on me that I often walk away unheard, I walk away silent because having a civil discussion is about impossible when the person you are talking to is not being civil themselves. I may have to start using the phrases- "I hear you and understand but.... " I am unsure if even that would work.