In many communities at this time of year, there is a public debate whether to display religious symbols on government property. Both sides of this debate sometimes act like barnyard animals, not listening to the valid arguments on both sides.
West Michigan may be separated from Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., by hundreds of miles — but television, the Internet and radio have put events in these communities in our backyard in recent months.
People often stubbornly believe in things that are partially true, completely false, beneficial for very few, or even harmful to most. This can result in government actions and policies that leave some or even a majority worse off.