It takes a certain type of person to be a politician. On occasions, this is how I feel like I'm treated on the Seward City Council, and that's only a hint at what people must go through at the State and National level. I don't know why we can't have civil discussion of the problems and agree on rational decisions. We really do pretty good at the local level and yet we are troubled by the need for everything to be discussed in open meetings. I long for the days when it was possible to get together on the golf course or over a beer and hammer out differences. What has happened to the "Art of Compromise". Our small coffee group is made up of fellows from both ends of the political spectrum and yet we are able to agree on many things and enjoy each others company. The public is bound to have negative impressions of all politicians when their opponents continue to hammer away at their weakness or make misstatements (if not lies) about their records. We would have more respect for our leaders if the media and opponents didn't trash them as they do. Probably none of them are as bad as their opponents would lead us to believe or as good as what they and their party tell us. And, we the voting public, get chewed up by the alligator.