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Beware politics by e-mail and the forwarder

That is the headline from an editorial today in the Arizona Daily Star, and a sentiment that I heartily endorse.

Friends of mine learned a long time ago that I do not suffer forwarded junk emails quietly. I have this nasty habit of “Reply All” with the debunking information — most often about a fake virus warning or a bogus charity.

The thoughtful article concludes:

Recipients may also use the unwanted missive as a reason to start a conversation, perhaps even face-to-face, with the person who forwarded the e-mail in question. Imagine that: civil discourse. It could be refreshing, to say the least.

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