A reader writes:

Please consider what it means to sign off with the trite phrase "Know hope."  I say this as a California Republican-turned-independent who decided long ago to vote for Obama.  You are an emotional person, whose writing is informed and strengthened by that emotion.  But you lose your reserve, your skepticism when you take up campaign slogans, and it's just plain silly.  I would roll my eyes just the same were you blogging in '84, concluding posts with "It's morning again in America."

It's not a campagn slogan, so far as I know. It's a phrase that originated in Israel as a way to hope for peace and reconciliation even in the darkest hours of war. I've used it for other stories and other issues. But good to hear it grates on some.