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CHARLESTON — A collection of municipal leaders in West Virginia are looking to implement an initiative promoting "cordial dialog."

The #ReviveCivility movement, an initiative of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, aims "to counter the coarseness that runs extensively in public discourse," according to a release from the West Virginia Municipal League.

Steve Williams, president of the Municipal League and mayor of Huntington, said the initiative was started because of the "extensive polarization" seen in society today.

Williams clarified that he was not saying that having differing opinions was a bad thing, but that polarization preventing conversation is.

"Disagreements are healthy because they force us to stretch our thinking, but when we’re unable to have conversations where we share those experiences and learn from one another, we’re never going to find common ground," he said.

The league's board of directors recently passed a resolution to implement the initiative in the state.

"We are honored to be the first League in the Nation and the first group in West Virginia to explore this campaign," said Lisa Dooley, executive director of the league.

 

2017-18 State Holiday Calendar

2017
November 10 – Veteran’s Day (observed)
November 23 – Thanksgiving Day
November 24  – Lincoln’s Day (day after Thanksgiving)
December 25 – Christmas Day

2018
January 1 - New Year’s Day 
January 15 - Martin Luther King Day
February 19 - President’s Day
May 28 - Memorial Day
June 20 - West Virginia Day 
July 4 - Independence Day 
September 3 - Labor Day 
October 8 - Columbus Day
November 12 - Veterans Day 
November 22 - Thanksgiving
November 23 - Day After Thanksgiving
December 25 - Christmas Day

(Political Subdivisions are not required to recognize these dates) 

 


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