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READER'S VIEW: Bring back the time when we respected each other

It was 1968 -- a presidential election year -- and the city of Duluth had successfully persuaded the Minnesota Republican Party to hold its state convention in Duluth. It was the first time it was held outside the Twin Cities.

It was 1968 -- a presidential election year -- and the city of Duluth had successfully persuaded the Minnesota Republican Party to hold its state convention in Duluth. It was the first time it was held outside the Twin Cities.

I agreed to be the convention arrangement co-chairman. One week before the convention I had an emergency gall bladder operation. When the convention began, I found that I was quite weak and woozy, but I forged on anyway. I was holding forth in the "war room" located in the bowels of the then-new arena-auditorium when two big burly guys came in the room carrying a huge reclining chair. It was sent there for me! Somehow Monny and Irv Goldfine had discovered my misfortune and sent me this gift from their furniture store. I still choke up every time I remember this event -- even now, 40 years later.

The Goldfines were not Republicans, but they respected anyone who was involved in the political process -- from either party. I wonder if this sort of thing could happen today. With the attack ads and the filibuster threats and the constant vitriol, we seem to have lost the ability to come together and compromise for the good of our country.

This year I voted for our now-

president-elect, and I'm hoping that somehow he can recreate those seemingly lost capabilities of respect, kindness and compromise. I think he might just have this unique talent. What a wonderful thing that would be!

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Lauren Larsen

Duluth

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