Focus on building others up and they’ll be less inclined to tear you down. (Russell L. Martin, Delaware, Ohio, county sheriff)

The media increasingly seems to tweet and broadcast jokes and aspersions that border on character assassination. Unfortunately, messages conveyed by humor often are remembered more widely and longer than the mere statement of facts. More civil and gracious speech, however, as Sheriff Martin suggests, would achieve more positive results.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen (Ephesians 4:29).