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Mullane: Among the last civic virtues Americans share

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Don’t vote in your local elections? Don’t complain.

Stopping for coffee Tuesday, I recognized the guy ahead in line as a reader who doesn’t think much of this column.

He has posted his views to social media. It’s usually a passive-aggressive tone, “Mullane is out-of-touch” or “anti-intellectual” or “wants to return to the 1950s.” Sometimes he includes a green vomit face emoji, in case it’s not clear how he feels.

But it was different Tuesday, which was Election Day. When he turned, I saw that he had one of those “I Voted” stickers on his jacket. I had one, too.

Like two guys who show up at a party wearing the same suit and tie, we sort of bonded. I looked at his American flag sticker and nodded. He did the same. I think we had a breakthrough, and maybe a new, if grudging, respect for each other. At........

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