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Letter: Language lessons

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

When you go to the polls in November, if you vote GOP, start learning Russian now.

As a Navy ROTC college student, I took Russian to fulfill my language requirement. In my Navy career I would serve my nation and wanted to know the language of our enemy.

Later, as a scientist, I used my Russian to follow their progress in my field. When the USSR collapsed, many Russian scientists came to the U.S. I met and worked both with them and in Russia with their colleagues who remained behind.

In retirement I have not needed Russian professionally. Due to poor U.S.-Russian relations, I have been unable to interact with my friends in Russia.

Now, my Russian may again come in handy.

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