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Letter: Time to remember Eisenhower's wisdom

By Dale Cuperus, Lakefield

The current political drama roiling around our president in Washington reminds me of the words of Dwight Eisenhower: “…I'll tell you what leadership is. It's persuasion — and conciliation — and education — and patience. It's long, slow, tough work. That's the only kind of leadership I know — or believe in — or will practice." Makes me wish these words of President Eisenhower's were painted on the walls of the Oval Office.

More importantly, I wish these words of wisdom were imprinted on the hearts of all voting citizens. In my opinion, we citizens have not spent adequate time researching the character and temperament of the candidates seeking public office. We could all do a better job of researching the candidates running for all offices from local to national. We should quit looking to campaign commercials and staged "debates" to receive our voting information.

I feel it might also help if we quit looking for quick, or magic, solutions to the governing challenges facing our democracy. As Ike said: "It's long, slow, tough work."