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Too many angry people

I work in a small legislative office where people call to comment and complain about all kinds of issues, some personal and some just views about things happening at the State Capitol. Our governor proposed a change in the schedule for collection of county property taxes.

Some local media reported it as a 33 percent tax increase and it wasn't, of course. It was just a shift in when a portion of the taxes would be paid.

People called the office and they were angry. They wouldn't let facts get in the way of their anger. There was no talking to most of them. Some got really nasty and rude and crossed the boundaries of proper behavior. And some of these were folks who should have had better manners. Anger. Does it seem like there's more in the general population?

The Detroit Free Press says yes in a current series of stories. It's a national phenomenon. What do you think?