Re "Palestinian past tugged at violin maker's heartstrings" (Our Region, June 14): Thank you for the article on the Bisharat family. Dr. Maurice Hanna Bisharat and my father, Dr. Seymour Lewis, exchanged many letters arguing the Zionist-Palestinian debate in the 1960s and 1970s. Despite their differences, they were always respectful and civil.
Keith Bisharat and I were both shot-putters on the El Camino High School track team from 1967 to 1969. Keith was by far the better athlete. Despite Keith beaning me with a shot-put (my fault entirely, but the rumor raced through the school that I had been shot in the head), there was never any animosity between us. I applaud Keith's work to enhance his people's cultural achievements. It is only through sharing our commonalities, not our differences, that peace can come to the troubled region
-- Dan Lewis, Sacramento