Thank you for your recent gifts of caution and hope.

I was encouraged to find a kindred spirit in Dick Tres, who wrote about his study of the life of Carl Von Ossetzky and the Weimar Republic ("Don’t repeat yourself, history (please?)," June 2).

He reminded us of the importance of history and the need to maintain vigilance.

Another kindred spirit who spoke to my heart was Anni Donahue, whose lovely memory of her meeting with then-Senator John Kennedy revealed a politician whose behavior toward children was appropriate, sympathetic, and humane ("Your Turn: Memories of the other Sen. Kennedy," June 7).

I always appreciate your efforts to provide balanced coverage, but I particularly wanted to express my gratitude for sharing the thoughts of these two Napa neighbors.

Linda Jesmok


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