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October 1, 2003 |

Dear Mr. Keillor,
As the proud parent of a young girl, I know the day is coming when she and I will have to have the "talk." You know, the one where I explain to a child the difference between Democrats and Republicans, without scaring her. They should have warned us about this at our Lamaze class.
—Dazed 'n' Confused

Dear Dazed,
You will do just fine, so don’t worry about it. Parents aren’t responsible for teaching politics. They are, however, responsible for teaching about manners, which may be more important in the end. I treasure my encounters with gracious Republicans and humorous Democrats and your little girl may grow up to be either one and make you proud.

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