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The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re­gard­ing Theresa Var­gas’s Nov. 1 Metro col­umn, “Strangers honor ‘an­gel’ who died sav­ing a woman”:

Pa­tri­cio Salazar laid down his life try­ing to help a woman who was be­ing at­tacked — a woman he did not even know. He is be­ing called an “an­gel,” but he was very hu­man and is an ex­am­ple to us all. Fit­tingly, the col­umn was pub­lished on All Saints’ Day — tra­di­tion­ally rec­og­nized in the Chris­tian faith as a day to honor those among us who have shown out­stand­ing faith and courage.

Pa­tri­cia Coe O’Rourke, Chevy Chase

Theresa Var­gas’s mov­ing trib­ute to Pa­tri­cio Salazar, a na­tive of Bo­livia who died at­tempt­ing to res­cue a woman from a bru­tal at­tack in Ar­ling­ton, serves as a re­sound­ing coun­ter­point to the con­stant and in­ac­cu­rate por­trayal of im­mi­grants — by the pres­i­dent and his sup­port­ers — as crim­i­nals, un­wel­come in this coun­try. Mr. Salazar’s heroic ac­tions de­serve a brighter spot­light. By it­self, per­haps, the col­umn was ap­pro­pri­ately placed in the Metro sec­tion. In the con­text of the wide­spread fear­mon­ger­ing and race-bait­ing as we ap­proach the midterm elec­tions, how­ever, it be­longed on the front page.

Pa­trick L. Phillips, Wash­ing­ton

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