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In this time of polarization, the need for community discussion is critical and opportunities for this kind of dialogue are few and far between. In its first public programming, Truth Has a Voice Foundation (THAVF) is focusing on the role that media may have played in establishing this divide. The Chaffee County-based nonprofit is offering a film series with the first event planned for August 25.

Participants will view the documentary, “The Ideas of Thomas Sowell”, online prior to the event date and then participate in a community discussion. The event will purposely model civil behavior when presenting opposing views.

County residents signed up in one of three roles; right-leaning participant, left-leaning participant or observer. Truth Has a Voice Foundation is sponsoring this event along with residents Jim Hight and Bea Harnish.  All slots for this event were filled in short order; an indication of people’s desires to find a new way to listen thoughtfully and improve our communications.

The next event will be a showing of the compelling documentary, “The Social Dilemma” and its “insider look” at the impact of social networking. Details are forthcoming, but save October 21 on your calendar for this event at the Salida SteamPlant.  The film will be followed by a panel discussion. Individuals can be added to an event announcement list by using the contact page on the THAVF website,

Featured image: Some of the Truth Has a Voice Foundation board members, including Joe Jordan, President Cheryl Brown-Kovacic, and JoAnn Allen during a recent board meeting. Advisory board member Jan Wondra (Managing Editor of the Ark Valley Voice) who presented at the meeting on the current THAVF intern’s progress, looks on.