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Opponents turned friends | Letters to the editor, Nov. 14, 2018

This March 2013 photo shows Republican strategist Karl Rove speaking in Sacramento. He has become friends with a political opponent, Democrat strategist David Axelrod.
This March 2013 photo shows Republican strategist Karl Rove speaking in Sacramento. He has become friends with a political opponent, Democrat strategist David Axelrod. AP file

Former opponents, now friends

I just heard on NPR (National Public Radio) that David Axelrod (Obama) and Karl Rove (Bush) have become friends. They learned several years ago that they have in common the suicide of a parent. They became friends because of communication between them and now even share an “online” their teaching of an educational class.

If these two men who were once political rivals can find a common bond and can once again become “sane” with each other, perhaps there is hope for everybody else. Even considering their personal political efforts of many years ago, which they had in common as political rivals, there is hope today for a healing of the political strife we find today.

Be this sad or happy news — we can all try to understand each other.

Bernice Dyck, Clovis

Get to know someone different

As we as Americans went to the polls on Nov. 6th and as the holiday season is coming, it reminds me of how blessed we all are to live in the United States of America.

Our population is so diversified and I believe that racism has no place here. Take time to get to know someone of a different race, color or creed. People of different cultures are really interesting when you let yourself get to know them. You may find that you have a steadfast friend if you just let that friendship flourish.

I had a very good friend who was from Indonesia and she once told me, “How do you know whether you like a person who is different from you unless you get to know them.” Good point. Try it, you might like that person (s) and find out that they are kind, loving people after all.

Dolores O’Bar, Fresno

Lives well lived in quiet anonymity

You know, I was reading today’s (Nov. 4) Insight portion of the newspaper. And it made me think of many things. But most important, I am happy and proud of somebody that hits rock bottom. Drugs, gangs, alcohol, abuse, etc.. And through all that all they made themselves successful. Good. Then use that experience to help and make a difference to many people. Even more impressive.

And it made me think of my neighbors. Why? Because the thousands, maybe millions of people who do the right thing every day. Be good people, educate themselves, be polite, do the right thing. Every year. But because they are good people and did not choose that path and yet do the same thing every day, just like somebody who chose the wrong path. They are not recognized and admired. Just expected. There are not articles about that. Why? Well, it would not sell newspapers and you could “paste/copy” every day. Just wouldn’t create interest.

Find something that people don’t do every day. Write about that because then somebody may read it.

Mark A. Curfman, Clovis

Appreciates Costa’s work on water

Congressman Jim Costa’s tireless and successful work on behalf of his district and the communities he serves has always been characterized by his strong leadership and support of California agriculture and the water supply that is critical for the support of the San Joaquin Valley’s world class agricultural economy. Congressman Costa is the longtime voice in the California Legislature and now in the U.S. for an increased and sustainable water supply for the San Joaquin Valley by legislation such as expanding San Luis Reservoir, raising Shasta Dam, and constructing Temperance Flat. Congressman Costa also has been a strong advocate and supporter of veterans. Jim Costa always can be counted upon for his very effective help and leadership. I know this as a retired U.S. Army veteran and a San Joaquin Valley native who has worked in the water field as an engineer for many years since leaving military service.

Karl Longley, Fresno