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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Wilson's inspiring legacy at W&L
Kudos to The Roanoke Times for the editorial honoring the legacy of onetime Washington and Lee University President John D. Wilson ("A scholar and a gentleman," March 5).
In a time when our society seems bereft of visionary leadership, we need only to look to his example of strength of character and wisdom to know what is missing. John Wilson was the embodiment of the value of the liberal arts in education, and his eloquence in expressing its ideals gave a unique beauty and clarity to their purpose.
Those of us who had the privilege of engaging in President Wilson's ongoing "conversation" during his time in Lexington will long cherish its many lessons.
The Obamas should tighten their belts
I totally agree with President Obama - everyone should pay his fair share, and everyone should tighten up the budget equally. Fine.
Now it is time for the president and first lady to quit spending taxpayers' money like it grows on trees.
First, Obama should hang around the White House and take care of presidential business rather than continue to travel as if still in campaign mode, and Michelle Obama should stop taking separate airline flights when it is important for her to travel with him.
In taking care of presidential business, such as his sequester idea and spending cuts, he should act with transparency and work with both sides of Congress. And he should follow up on his promises of no more lobbyists in Washington, and forget about special-interest groups that want to pay a huge fee for the privilege of meeting with him in Washington.
Obama should eliminate the ridiculous programs now in full swing throughout the country.
And, some good advice from one of his elders, try honesty and truthfulness for a change.
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