Thank you for your coverage of Better Angels ( in Richard K. Rein’s October 31 column. During these politically contentious times, we must find ways to reach out to our fellow citizens. It is so easy to shut people down and out, in conversations with belittling turns of phrase, in social media by culling our contacts.

It is a challenge to remain curious and open when facing thoughts that don’t align with our own; but we must continue to seek out thoughtful people who don’t always agree with us politically. We must learn ways to talk and listen productively, and to hold our politicians to the same standard. It is fundamental to the success of this amazing democratic experiment of which we Americans

— Marcia Willsie, Jeff Clarke

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