To the Editor: 

Presidential historian and former Newsweek editor-in-chief Jon Meacham said, “Extremism, racism, nativism, xenophobia and isolationism, driven by a fear of the unknown tend to spike in periods of stress — a period like our own ... reflexive partisanship is the order of the day. Too many seem more interested in producing heat than shedding light. Our politics rewards the clenched fist and the harsh remark more than the open hand and the welcoming word.”

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