I like how it is here: there is no discouraging of political talk. People are free to discuss it, and for the most part, people try to be respectful of others' opinions. But people are also free to NOT discuss it. The other day, someone whose politics are diametrically (sp?) opposed to mine tried to rope me into a conversation, using sources of information that I find completely not credible (and to be blunt, despicable). So after a couple of minutes of letting him try to make his case, I realized it was hopeless to try and counter, so I said, "I'm sorry <name>, but I'm not going to debate this." And that was that! There's another person who's also my political opposite, and he is such a frequent contributor to our local paper's Op Ed page (we're the only ones in the office who live in that area) with letters that are, well, inflammatory, that people mention him by name when they write in response. We never, ever talk about it, and we remain very cordial, friendly and supportive of each other. But I do regularly rub shoulders with those in my office whose view on issues agree with mine. It's only natural. This is another reason why I lovvvve email: we can do it without bothering anyone. It'll be interesting to see if there are any flat-out arguments in the office as Election Day draws nearer and people's passion/angst over this gets more intense. - Paula.