Letters to the Editor – Many Readers Enjoy Essays on Presidential Leadership
Thanks for that
Subject: “Moral authority to lead”, opinion of August 30.
This entire Opinion section should be required reading for every American who plans to vote in the upcoming election. Each play focuses on a different quality necessary for good leadership, and none of those qualities should be overlooked as voters ponder who should lead our country next at this critical time in our history.
In the six pages and 10 articles of the section, the name of our current president is mentioned exactly six times – four times in one piece and once in each of the other two – and yet the section provides example after example of his unsuitability for the position he holds. .
As I said before, I’m disappointed that the editorial board chose not to recommend a candidate for president, but this Opinion section goes a long way in that direction in the absence of an actual recommendation. Thank you.
Karen Rosenthal, Irving
The history lesson was inspiring
This opinion section, centered on “the moral authority to lead”, was, in my opinion, one of the most educational and inspiring collections I have ever read. History lessons on Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt were eye-opening.
Eisenhower was a bit ahead of my time, but I’m so impressed with his leadership principles. He put accountability first and “appreciated and relied on expertise, acutely aware of what he didn’t know”. He also set aside his own reputation for the sake of the mission. In doing so, he was able to build strong trust with the American people because he exhibited these traits consistently.
We have none of that from our president today. In fact, we have the opposite. Going through your section, I see words like honor, virtue, unification, and trust. And then I see that Donald Trump made over 20 false or misleading statements in his nomination acceptance speech. Do honor, trust and truth still matter? I guess we’ll see in November.
Kerry Mayer, Lewisville
Listen to the voice of the candidates
I wish every thinking American could have access to the August 30 Opinion section. Each submission was a carefully written presentation from past presidents of our beloved country. Reflecting on their conditions, some of which I remember serving, made me realize, once again, what a loss we suffered in the recent death of Congressman John Lewis. Lewis was perhaps the last statesman, nomenclature of a loyal steward, that we have known.
It is up to all of us to be attentive to the voice of those we are going to elect. We must not overlook the wonderful illustrations that only Michael Hogue can give us.
Anne R. Healy, Richardson
Words to worship
Anticipating the November election, I read every word of the August 30 Opinion section, “Moral Authority to Lead.” The words virtue, character, humility, morality, and unifying tones may be old-fashioned to some, but there are others among us who revere these words. These essays articulated the kind of “good rhetoric” that some of us are looking for. Thank you for publishing them and making these thoughts available to your readers.
Brenda Dillon, Frisco
Six pages of Trump bashing
I just finished reading the August 30 Opinion section on presidential leadership. I now know why you call it the Opinion page instead of the Opinions page. Six pages and 10 articles of complete and utter Trump bashing. Your article deserves the Pulitzer Prize for the level of left-wing opinions and letters to the editor it publishes.
Did any of your writers watch the Republican National Convention? Did any of your writers not really pay attention to this over the past four years when President Donald Trump signed many trade deals to benefit the working people of the United States? They must also have missed the following achievements: (pre-COVID) the lowest unemployment rate in 49 years across all races, signing right-to-try legislation so terminally ill patients can control their treatment , VA Choice so our veterans get the treatment they deserve , signing permanent funding for historically black universities. I could go on but your ears and eyes are closed to these accomplishments.
Lynn Keefe, Coppell
The nation needs a course correction
Thanks, Dallas Morning News writing, for the Opinion section of August 30! It reads like a much-needed civics lesson in what government and the citizens it serves should do, and in comparison, what a great course correction we need as a nation from the petty, mean-spirited dialogue we have today. . It is harder to build and aim high, rhetorically, than to challenge, blame and resort to the whistles of hate. We can do better.
Michael Williams, East Dallas
Good reading after the congress
My husband and I would like to express our thanks and appreciation for the excellent articles in the Opinion section of the newspaper last Sunday. All were well researched and the authors’ ideas presented clearly. Reading about the past crises our country has faced and how presidential leaders — Democrats and Republicans — have handled them was interesting and inspiring. It was a great post-convention read.
Sharon and Fred Christen, Dallas
“Better Angels” were waved
I thank The Dallas Morning News for the powerful and historic editorial and other contributors who brought such a clear and truthful understanding of the state of the union at the time, as opposed to the state our nation currently finds itself in under this administration. Such a sense of hope came over me while reading the pieces that it brought tears to my eyes. I believe I felt my “best angels” stirring within me, ensuring that a better America awaits the election with the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris administration.
Mandatory presidential reading
Thank you for every page, article and word of the entire Opinion section of the August 30 newspaper. “Here’s Why We Loved Ike’s Leadership” by Susan Eisenhower and “What Makes a President Great?” by Louis P. Masur were particularly instructive and inspiring.
I was going to suggest sending these two articles to President Donald Trump, but I seriously doubt he will read them, understand them, or be able to learn from them.
Thomas Kelly, Highland Village
Biden has lost his moral authority
Joe Biden lost the moral authority to lead this country when he refused to condemn violence in some major cities for months until polls showed it hurt his numbers. Only then did he speak out against it. He has also hidden from the public and reporters for most of his campaign so far, citing COVID-19 concerns.
True leaders do not seek refuge from adversity; they kiss her. I’m still waiting for Biden to do just that.
Kay Wrobel, Map
The best leaders put the country first
I recommend The Dallas Morning News for publishing an op-ed section that was both thought-provoking and an excellent example of using a newspaper’s editorial section in a way that meets the highest journalistic standards. The editorial and columns by various other contributors raised a number of very important and timely points for voters to consider when deciding who to vote for this year.
HW Brands’ call for a leader capable of raising up “the finest angels of our nature” (Abraham Lincoln) hits the mark at this pivotal moment. Jeffrey A. Engel also made a number of salient points. He highlighted how our history shows that the best leaders left citizens no reason to worry that when faced with challenges, they would do what was best for the nation as a whole and put the country above the rest. above himself, without regard for financial gain, personal outlook or ego. . Above all, he urged voters when choosing our next president to discern which candidate has the virtue, heart and character to pursue the common good.
I urge you to repost these articles on the Sunday before our next election as a timely reminder to all voters of what is really at stake.
Joseph Vicario, McKinney
“A man must forget himself”
There were many excellent points in your August 30 opinion section on presidential leadership. It created a stark contrast as it reflected what I was brought up to believe about presidential leadership compared to what we have experienced over the past four years. I particularly enjoyed Dwight Eisenhower’s quote: “A man must forget himself and his personal fortune.”
Linda Arage, Waxahachie
The importance of elections reinforced
Dwight Eisenhower built trust. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt inspired hope. Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan called for unity. Another author explained that the most important virtue of any president is to always put the country above and before his own interests.
In reflecting on the message of these essays, I could not identify any of the characteristics mentioned as being possessed by the current occupant of the White House. This is why the November elections are so crucial.
Fred R. Neary, Far North Dallas
I was seduced
Wow, I opened my August 30 Dallas Morning News and expected to be informed and perhaps appalled by the weight of the week’s news. I assumed I would be entertained by the comics, sports, and entertainment sections. Check, check and check. Finally, I armed myself for the Opinion section, which always requires my attention. I was not prepared to be so captivated, amused and educated. I was taken to a level of contemplation usually reserved for time spent in the presence of a brilliant speaker.
Congratulation to The news for posting the best and most insightful essays I’ve ever had the pleasure of spilling my morning coffee on! I was blown away!
Larry Portman, Garland
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