What is so sad about this is that disagreement over a single issue shouldn’t have to be grounds to end a long friendship, given an ideal world. But we don’t live in one. When one person’s overwhelming need to be right overshadows all other concerns (like your right to your POV, your unique take, your own life experiences) then it’s time to decouple. My dad did that to me when I called him on his alcoholism. He banned me from the family and wrote me out of the will. He died estranged from his only daughter, the one person who had the most interest in his background and his stories as the first tv broadcaster for the Redskins in the late 40s. David Brinkley was a copy boy when Dad worked for WMAL, the ABC affiliate in DC. Can you imagine the stories? Lost forever. This is what we do when we are pugnacious about being right at all costs. I’m sorry for your loss, and thanks for your comments as always.