Hello to all our PATT.org readers! We want to make it clear right at the start that our platform is open for discussion: Let’s talk and have a meaningful and thoughtful dialogue as we march into this new year. What does “thoughtful discourse” mean?

Well, for us, it means being considerate and not pointing blame at anyone. It means respecting another participant’s opinion, even if it does not match your own. It includes accepting cultural differences and values, whether they are shared by your own or not.

We are all individuals, and sometimes something that I personally write about may not be a topic you are interested in. That’s ok. Because someone else may submit an essay that I don’t personally care about; however, I’ll still publish it (as long as it is respectful). I have welcomed a number of diverse individuals to my writing team, so you will soon get to meet them.  Thank you for coming by PATT.org!