To Keep Family Harmony, Don’t Talk Politics

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 better person than I have been or ever will be. Of course, while he liked H. Ross Perot back in the day, I don’t know how he would have felt about Donald Trump. But it would not have mattered to me. That much I know.

So by all means leave the politics behind this Father’s Day, and most every day when it comes to family and close friends. It works most of the time.


To the Editor:

What a beautiful article. Thank you, Margaret Renkl, for sharing such a thoughtful reminder that people are much more than their political opinions. If we allow the polarizing and poisoning to seep into our relationships with family and friends, we may we compound our grief over political upheaval as we find ourselves grieving the loss of cherished relationships.


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