I received the nicest email today, posted here with permission.
I'm a 74 year old conservative curmudgeon; retired probation officer/Special Education teacher and former 30 year resident of Ben Lomond, CA. I'm a graduate of a Jesuit university, University of San Francisco (not to be confused with San Francisco State) and currently live in [city deleted]. My 88 year old wife and I are both stroke victims... er... patients (don't like the "V" word) and thoroughly detest the inroads the progressives have made in our country. You, I regard as a "salt of the earth" American; a hardy, no-nonsense lady with a delightful sense of humor and solid Christian values. Those values are so in sync with Jessie's (wife) and mine, that I find our thoughts often expressed in your columns and, please forgive me, use them often on Face Book and personal emails. I do credit them to you, but am sorely tempted, at times, to leave off the quotation marks and your name, thinking to myself "Hey, Dick... that expresses to the nth degree what you think!" so the temptation to forget the quotation niceties and allow people to think I had an original thought (and occasionally I have had one) is very compelling; chalk it off to dementia or some other geriatric-related anomaly. Nevertheless, Jessie and I consider you a dear friend and compatriot. You are a cherished member of our Christian American Family. Thank you for you and yours.
Dick and Jessie