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Nice, for a change, friendly neighbors with differing views

Jamaica Plain, MA., 10/26/12, Signs for Warren and Brown next to each other on Centre Street. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

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Jamaica Plain, MA., 10/26/12, Signs for Warren and Brown next to each other on Centre Street. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Thanks to Stephanie Ebbert and her article highlighting the civility and friendship of neighbors with opposing political views (“Neighbors keep the fight outside,” Metro, Nov. 6).

For too many years now our country has become more and more polarized, with too many myopic people unable to civilly chat and debate their views without becoming vitriolic.

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Members of the media, from The Wall Street Journal to The New York Times to “This American Life,” have had a field day with marriages, families, and friendships being torn apart by differing political views.

My wife and I — getting along fine with often differing views — lament the passing of those days when people could disagree while remaining friends, and we simply don’t enter discussions of politics and religion with anyone other than longtime friends and family.

The intolerant and closed-minded attitudes include Congress, where our legislators might be wise to return to those days of bipartisanship.

We need more positive reporting on the subject to begin a return to lost civility.

Bruce Hauben

Littleton

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