Dad was a bet­ter man

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Re­cently one of my broth­ers re­minded me of some­thing our dad al­ways told us. He rea­soned that if a man said noth­ing about re­li­gion or pol­i­tics, no one would know how lit­tle he knew about those two sub­jects. Of course I think my dad was right about that, as he was right about most things.

He also said he usu­ally voted Repub­li­can for gov­er­nors and pres­i­dents, but voted for Democrats in Se­nate and House elec­tions. He the­o­rized that strat­egy would help to keep ei­ther party from do­ing too much harm to the coun­try. I of­ten won­der, if he was still here to­day, how he would view what emerged from the sta­ble in the last pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. My guess is that he would have an opin­ion, but prob­a­bly keep it to him­self.

My dad was a good, quiet, de­cent and smart per­son. As far as I know, he had no en­e­mies and no one spoke dis­parag­ingly about him.

He was a bet­ter man than I am. RANDY BLAKEY


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