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Having 'enemies' is so high school | Letters | July 16

In response to Aaron Covert, the 16-year-old young man who feels he is living in "enemy" territory:

I find it sad that you would consider me your enemy, as I would not consider you mine despite the fact that we disagree on many points. That's unfortunate for someone your age, and I hope that as you go out in the world, you reconsider your stance on who you consider your enemies to be.

For example, there are liberals as well as conservatives defending this country right now. In order for you to support our troops, you should consider your fellow citizens as your countrymen, not your enemies, regardless of where they might fall on the political scale.

As you will hopefully learn as you grow older, political persuasion on either side is no indicator of character. Using such an easily assumed characteristic as a litmus test for who you like and don't like will rob you of many rewarding relationships later on.

And I say this as an older-than-you liberal who has conservative friends and family who have enriched my life because they are truly decent people, regardless of their politics.

Besides, having "enemies" is so high school. As someone who is seemingly beyond that in some ways, you may want to adopt the new label: "Someone with whom I disagree politically but otherwise have no idea about."

Jill Cody

Bainbridge Island

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