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Civil Discourse with Dan Johnson and Patrick Belmont on Tuesday's Access Utah

A while back there was a workshop on the USU campus titled Is there a Future for Civil Discourse in Politics? This workshop was co-sponsored by the USU Heravi Peace Institute and the Center for Community Engagement. The organizers said that engaging in conversations across political divides helps us find common ground and moves our country toward a stronger democracy. In this workshop, Utah State Representative Dan Johnson (Republican) and Patrick Belmont (2022 Democratic Candidate) shared their personal experiences engaging in respectful discussion of issues to find mutual understanding and make informed decisions for the greater good. We’ll talk with them today. This program includes a segment from StoryCorps.

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Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.