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A mentor for nation

Gus Nicholson
Vail, CO, Colorado
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I confess I sometimes question Mr. Obama’s choices as these debates involving the previous administration’s justification for its enhanced take on the rule of law play out.

But I never question Mr. Obama’s resolve.

I thank him for accepting the responsibility to be both patient teacher and encouraging us to learn and not give in to the pundits’ spin.

These issues are complex, have real, often profound and long-lasting consequences.

I welcome his participatory and guided discovery governing style even as I abhorred the previous administration’s command style, so dependent on the quality of its (mis)information while asking us to take its moral basis on faith.

Much as I would like Mr. Cheney to just go away, I believe he serves a greater purpose, as did Stephen Douglas when he debated Abraham Lincoln over the issue of slavery.

The fact that the ex-vice president is still out getting air time proves there’s a lot of educating to be done.

I recall that Douglas beat Lincoln in those debates, went to the Senate and helped serve up a civil war.

But it was Lincoln who guided the nation safely through it.

Gus Nicholson

Denver and Avon