Editor’s note: Both the Hubbard County DFL and Hubbard County Republicans are invited to write columns for the Enterprise’s Opinion page. We begin today with the DFL.

The Hubbard County Democratic Farm Labor (DFL) holds regular meetings every second Monday in the Park Rapids Library meeting rooms from 6 p.m. until the end of business.

The first hour is called “Let’s Talk,” an informal opportunity for folks to raise and discuss issues, express opinions in a semi-structured, but uninhibited atmosphere and simply meet people with like political persuasions. There are no restrictions on who may attend – Republicans, Independents, and new voters are welcome.

The second part is the business meeting beginning at 7 p.m.

Everyone has concerns about the upcoming election cycle. This forum provides a means to broaden your knowledge and contact base, and discover ways you may participate in DFL support activities.

The “Let’s Talk” hour started a couple years ago with maybe 10 attendees. The last meeting had near 40, which shows the growing interest in this critical election.

A useful feature in the “Let’s Talk” segment is the use of computer/video projector /internet to use informative videos and also do fact-checking during discussions. This is important to reduce just “making stuff up” or simply repeating what you see, hear or read from your favorite news outlet.

Hubbard County DFL invites input from area residents on issues to address during this critical election cycle. The deep divisions between Republicans and Democrats in this area can only be reduced through mutual respect and willingness to sit together and discuss issues of common interest.