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McCain politicized his hatred of Donald Trump

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, died Saturday at 81 after a battle with cancer.

I’ve always admired Sen. John McCain, yet I’m saddened that in death he politicized his hatred of President Donald Trump by making clear on his deathbed that the president should not be invited to his funeral (“Under pressure from lawmakers and veterans, Trump tersely recognizes McCain’s service and re-lowers White House flag,” Aug. 27). Apparently, he did “not go gently into that good night” and wants the world to know. I’m sorry this is how a great American hero ended his life — in rancor rather than reconciliation.

I’m no fan of President Trump, but he is our president. Even though the man sitting in the Oval Office was not to the late senator’s liking, it would have been better had McCain used his passing in hopefulness rather than acrimony. Last words are forever and cannot be rescinded. It’s such a shame John McCain died a politician rather than a patriot.

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Rosalind Heid, Baltimore

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