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As 2018 comes to a close, the single thing all political pundits, social scientists and ordinary Americans can agree on is that we are a divided people. With the holidays approaching we recognize our relatives and friends – who don’t necessarily get along splendidly even in the best of times – are going to be bringing lots of anxiety, uncertainty and aggravation with them as they gather. Accordingly, here are a few suggestions meant to promote peace, at least at the supper table.

By John J. Hohn Mother was a speed demon. My brother and I loved being in the car when she drove. There were no interstates in the Midwest in the 1940s—just a ribbon of …