Darin Atteberry (Photo: City of Fort Collins)

As we continue through this challenging year, tensions are high around the nature of and response to COVID-19, issues of racial injustice and equity, and the best ways to bolster our economy. And with a presidential election just around the corner, our national dialogue is increasingly divided.

I have often written here that the best solutions emerge when people with differing viewpoints come to the table, and that the work of building community requires different voices, experiences and perspectives.

And while debate and disagreement are important parts of community dialogue, it also matters deeply how we treat one another in the process. When debate intensifies, are we demonstrating care for our neighbors? When tensions are high, are we acting for the good of our community?

Several months ago, our City Council Futures Committee heard