by David Safier
I had a long phone conversation with someone from another state about an education concern we have in common. I sensed early we probably didn't agree on political issues, so I stayed away from political topics, as did she. We had a very enjoyable, informative conversation which was valuable for both of us.
The next day she sent me an email with this paragraph, which I am editing only to keep her identity and the nature of our discussion private.
I had to chuckle when I looked at your blog because I'm about as conservative a human being as you've ever met. Yet, not only are you a liberal with whom I share some passionate views, but [other people I work with on education issues] are very liberal. It just goes to show that liberals and conservatives can work together when they have pure motives and passion for the general well-being. We could all teach Washington something.
To which I say, Amen. I must admit, this kind of thing doesn't happen to me as often as it should, but when it does, it renews my faith in our abilities to transcend our political differences and find areas where we can agree and work together.