Exceptionally cordial in person for US Congress candidates this year, Richard Hanna, (red yarmulke) offers a friendly handshake to Democrat incumbent Michael Arcuri (banded yarmuolke) at the Temple Beth El 84th annual Political Forum and Minyan Breakfast Debate. Moderator Dan Hammond (white yarmulke) and Assemblywoman Roann Destito (no yarmulke) in foreground.

Post Tucson Retro look at Hanna Arcuri

While national media howl about vitriol and incivility of the national political scene, Central New York can look back at a general election campaign which was marked by civility and interactivity between citizen and contestants for public office...and between one another. Commercials sent to local advertising media brought the only negativity and contentiousness to the contest...a stark contrast to the congenial personal behavior candidates evidenced in person. Our area can be proud of he way it contrasts against other areas of the nation which do not share our attitude of politeness and civility in discussion of matters of public policy.

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