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Dear Editor: In my opinion, the parties' polarization is a threat to democracy. Political polarization is a direct cause for government shutdowns as the parties fail at finding compromises in order to reach agreements.

Furthermore, the two-party system causes more polarization than a multiple party system would, since there is more concentration on the two parties that compete against each other. The competition is supported by the media, such as the press and social media. On one hand, some are partisan and report events or issues of a party in an influential way. On the other hand, the press publishes headlines that seek readers' and listeners' attention, which leads the parties to turn against each other.

Polarization causes more and more problems within government and has a huge impact on citizens by influencing their views on politics, and it leads to the increase of political tensions.

Helin Aksoylu

Fitchburg

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