In New Hampshire we take our politics seriously \u2014 but not rudely, as we recently experienced driving through Connecticut on our way south to visit our daughter, granddaughter and other relatives in Florida and Tennessee. As very recent retirees (me after 29 years teaching high school science and 14 years as a business owner, and my wife Karen after 32 years as a social service program administrator), we thought we would take a trip to see family, the Florida Keys, the Smoky Mountains, and a former student in Georgia. Though I have voted Republican several times in my life (not sure if my wife has), we are both strong, thoughtful Democratic voters. A car covered with bumper stickers Now, to set the stage for these trip encounters, you must visualize the rear of our Prius Hybrid with numerous political and informational Democratic bumper stickers: \u2014 \u201cObama Cares\u201d \u2014 \u201cGot Science?\u201d \u2014 \u201cI Am the 99%, and I Vote\u201d \u2014 \u201cCarol Shea-Porter for Congress\u201d (she\u2019s a Democrat) \u2014 \u201cGot Medicare? Thank Democrats\u201d \u2014 \u201cGot Vet\u2019s Benefits? Thank Democrats\u201d \u2014 \u201cGot Social Security? Thank Democrats\u201d \u2014 \u201cGot Pell Grants? Thank Democrats\u201d \u2014 \u201cGot Pot Holes? Thank Republicans\u201d From compliments to rude behavior At numerous stops, and occasionally from drivers passing us, we would get very complimentary comments about our signs or an emphatic \u201cthumbs-up\u201d to signify support. To our dismay, while driving through Connecticut, we received very emphatic and pronounced finger signals from two different drivers with Connecticut license plates \u2014 both within about an hour of each other. We do not conclude from this that Connecticut has more rude and tasteless drivers than any of the other states we passed through. A sign of intolerance? However, these encounters did provoke us to consider how intolerant or closed-minded those two male drivers might be and how they would act when considering other issues in their communities that they might disagree with, such as gun control, environmental protection, gay marriage, privacy rights, and war vs. peace, to name a few. We can only hope they read this letter to understand how disturbed and surprised we were about their rude and insensitive actions. Herb Moyer and his wife Karen Moyer live in Exeter, N.H.