To Keep Family Harmony, Don’t Talk Politics

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To the Editor:

Re “On Father’s Day, Skip the Politics,” by Margaret Renkl (Op-Ed, June 11):

I cannot imagine not loving someone in my family because of politics. Perhaps that is because politics never seems to separate us very much. We think virtually alike on the subject. But then I have sometimes thought what it must have been like when relatives, even brothers, fought on opposite sides of the Civil War, and perhaps even pointed guns at each other.

While I never had major political squabbles with my father, my father-in-law was a pretty conservative guy, which led to many spirited political discussions. However, he was always fair-minded, well-meaning, generous and a far…

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