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Letter: Our community leaders need courage, ability

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From: Nancy Warren


The front page of the Feb. 2 Republic held more disheartening news regarding the recent decisions and actions coming from City Hall. It causes one to wonder if these disturbing events in our city’s governance will ever cease; it challenges one’s opinions regarding leadership and what the priorities should be for selecting the person who governs.

I have always held to the belief that certain attributes — like ability, experience relative to the position, strength and courage — are among the priorities important to holding a position of power.

Well, they are, but only if their foundation lies in honesty, integrity, respect for and the ability to collaborate with others for the betterment of all. Ability and experience that are narrow in focus — strength that is misguided and courage that is self-directed — do not serve the greater good.

There are despots throughout history who attained a position of power and abused it. Their common denominator is the tyrannical exercise of power. As I recall, in the end most of them were left standing abandoned and alone with their power.

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