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4/23/2013 5:49:00 PM
Letters to the editor: A few good men and women

This year, three council positions and the mayor's seat are to be filled via citizen considered selection at the poles in November.
Pondering wisdom handed from previous council members and mayors, I've reached a conclusion. What we need are a few good men and women to step up to the leadership task of public service.
We need individuals whose wisdom has been forged in fire. Who have degrees in business or engineering, see through politicized smoke and mirrors, can discern forests from trees and the competence to put out little fires before they become major catastrophes. We need good men and women who understand what it is to serve their community, rather than to serve their own selfish self-interests. Good people who have the savvy, wisdom and experience that comes from a lifetime of serving their fellow man, whose mettle has been tested in conflict or military service and shown to be that of the utmost integrity.
The ideal candidate will have reached a high point in their working lives, ready for an encore opportunity serving their fellow citizens, with all the wisdom providence and experience has bestowed upon them.
Good men and women who are not willing to compromise their principles, who truly have put service above self, not prone to the transient whims of mere politics. Good men and women who understand the extent of each citizen's constitutionally protected rights. Good men who will give voice to citizens complaints or concerns for more than a grudgingly bestowed five minutes twice per month. Good men and women who hold the opportunity of serving the people as the highest honor and privilege in life. We need good men and women to step up to this calling.

Sean Bates
Othello






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