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Adversaries become allies

Dear Editor:Today I received a most meaningful Chanukkah card from someone with whom I was during the summer exchanging acrimonious letters on this page. Sue Gray and I have reached an understanding and are forging a friendship that neither of us would have dreamed possible only a short time ago.I have been deeply impressed by Sue’s receptivity to the advisability of the Roaring Fork Peace Coalition redefining its mission, and her determination to refocus the organization on its essential purpose of promoting peace. Sue has come to acknowledge the imperative to challenge hatemongers, and I have grown to see in her an ally rather than an adversary.Sue has asked my forgiveness for the pain that certain remarks caused, and I have asked hers for being too angry when she telephoned me months ago to communicate with her in a reconciliatory mode. I now realize that Sue felt maligned, and she now fully comprehends how incensed and offended I was when my faith and ethnicity were verbally assaulted at RFPC meetings. In our recent conversations, Sue’s exceptional graciousness and openness, her sensitivity and intelligence, have been the source of a healing process as we reach out to each other across a gulf of misunderstandings and injured feelings. At this season in which all peoples seek the light, I am grateful to have made a new friend with whom I can share the quest for a better way in which human beings can reconcile our differences. Judith KingGlenwood Springs

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