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Mailbag: Trump's reaction to bereft parents speaks volumes

Drop in to any nearby coffee shop and you'll hear people talking about it. No, not the hot weather, the Sawdust Festival in Laguna or the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

The topic that's generating all the buzz is Donald Trump's attacks on Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim American soldier killed in action, for questioning Trump's sacrifice to America. This reaction has been non-presidential at best and outrageous at worst.

With so much turmoil swirling around Khan's speech at the Democratic National Convention last week, I decided to Google "sacrifice." Here are the facts: The Khans lost a son in war, and Trump says he sacrificed for his employees.

The definition is clear. Sacrifice is "the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone."

I leave it to the voters to decide which party and presidential candidate best embodies the spirit of the word.

Denny Freidenrich
Laguna Beach

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