Addressing central Indiana Boy Scouts in early January, Govenor Eric J. Holcomb (reported by the Northwest Indiana Times) said incidents of incivility, poor character, and lackluster leadership are all too prevalent these days — particularly in politics:
"There's too much shouting, not enough listening. Too much finger-pointing and tearing down, not enough finding common cause and working toward common solutions," Holcomb said.
"This 'my way or the highway, take-no-prisoners' approach is both dangerous and counterproductive. It prevents us from making progress on the many real issues we need to tackle — whether as a state or a country."
Therefore, Holcomb vowed that he will be a model of civility for Hoosiers, and likewise will ask for civility from those he works with and state legislators of both political parties.
"And if you ever think I've crossed a line, call me out," he said.
A full day of civility-themed activities will take place at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, and an awards dinner in the evening again will take place at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville. Community Civility Counts started as an initiative of the Gary Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee and has expanded to include many partners both locally and nationally.