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Your Opinion: ‘Political genes’ and extremism

Dear Editor:

I was interested in Mr. Horstmann’s recent letter to the editor concerning his “political genetics.” He claims his conservative political views is a result of a genetic heritage linked to those living in the Boston area in the late eighteenth century that participated in the Boston Tea Party.

That should translate into the comparison of Horstmann’s political thinking being somewhat similar to those presently living in Boston, or Massachusetts, or New England.

Luckily, that is not the case. What Horstmann is really telling us about his extreme political opinions is that he is not to be blamed, he was born that way.

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