Column: Political differences do not have to degenerate into ugly behavior

My father was actively involved in two congressional campaigns. He supported the Republican candidates for Congress in the 2nd District in Oklahoma in 1964 and 1966.

He’d give me a dime for every bumper sticker I could persuade neighbors to put on their cars for the GOP standard bearer. I recall the 1964 candidate George Lange being in our home when I came home from school for lunch. My best friend Phil Taylor was impressed: “Is Barry Goldwater coming to your house tomorrow?”

I remember attending rallies for the 1966 candidate Denzel Garrison. Neither candidate was successful, both lost to incumbent Democrat Ed Edmondson.

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