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Children learn wrong lesson

Sir -- One evening the doorbell rang. It was the local politicians canvassing. My husband asked a few awkward questions the two local reps couldn't really answer. So they made a speedy retreat, but not before they left their flyers with airbrushed photos and good intentions if they get elected.

Our children watched all this with interest and questioned who was that at the door and why. My husband took the flyers and put them in the fire saying, "There was great heat from them." The children were bemused; why would Dad do such a thing? Surely if you were given a flyer you would at least read it, instead of throwing it into the fire. Why would these two men cause Dad to be annoyed? It suddenly struck me that what had happened could give our children a negative and unhealthy view of politics in general.

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