Locals attend ‘Braver Angels’ conference

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By Michael Illiano, The Sheridan Press

SHERIDAN — When it comes to politics, the only thing everyone seems to agree on is that no one can agree on much of anything.

Everyone also seems to agree that intractable political conflicts are doing more harm than good.

In March, a Pew Research Center study found that most Americans, regardless of political affiliation, anticipate the country’s global influence will decline while partisan and socioeconomic rifts expand over the next 20 years.

Two local residents recently attended a workshop in St. Louis hosted by Braver Angels, a national organization dedicated to reversing trends that have caused political polarization to grow worse over the last 20 years.

Kris Korfanta, Sheridan County team leader for Wyoming Promise, and Rustin Burr, who works for Sheridan Media and hosts “Public Pulse,” described themselves as on opposite sides of the political spectrum, but share the belief that solving problems requires input from different perspectives.

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