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The election may be over, but I wanted to share with you a letter that is timeless in terms of the point it makes about common courtesy. This was a followup to a letter I ran in my column on Oct. 29:

Dear Dr. Gridlock:
We tried to keep a favorite on our car: "Friends don't let friends vote Republican." Living in very liberal Arlington, but on a completely Republican block, except for us, we thought it was a great bumper sticker with a sense of humor.

The first time we had it, the kids were little and we were stopped at a red light when a man in the car in front of us, Mercedes with the top down, got out of his car and in a heavily-laced alcoholic breath, proceeded to send nothing but expletive deleteds into our open windows.

Kids were in shock, but I gracefully replied: "Isn't free speech great?" and "please watch your language, we have small children in the car." At which point he apologized but ordered us to listen to Oliver North's radio station. We promised we would in order to get him back in his car and away from us. That sticker was then ripped off a few days later in McLean.

It's replacement lasted one week and was also ripped off in McLean. Third one stayed on a little longer, four months, before it too disappeared in McLean.

Maria Beaton
Arlington

I don't offer this as a comment on political parties or geography. To me, it reflects the same human tendency that creates road rage: the apparent inability of some people to co-exist, or failing that, to just chill.

By Robert Thomson  |  November 8, 2006; 6:30 AM ET
Categories:  Transportation Politics  
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