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October 18, 2018

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Letter to the editor:

The other side of a heroic patriot

I watched with a heavy heart for the hero patriot and statesman, John McCain, as the tributes poured out for him. I value his service to our country.

It was with teary-eyed compassion that I witnessed the tribute to him by his daughter Meghan at his service. My heart ached for her.

At the same time, I wondered about his other daughter, Sidney, who was in the audience and was virtually abandoned by him at age 13 when McCain left for another woman who was nearer her age than her mother’s. I also had great compassion for his two adopted sons, who were probably abandoned by their biological father when adopted by McCain — only to be abandoned again in their vulnerable teen years by McCain.

I hope McCain asked for their forgiveness. During the service, I thought also about Carol McCain, his first wife who said she was heartbroken when he left her alone with three children to finish raising. All this makes me wonder about a person’s character.

Perhaps Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was right when he said John McCain was revered because of the way he conducted his public life.

It seems that it was the people in his private life who suffered.

May he rest in peace.