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Reader's view: Olson offers a breath of fresh air

A good listener is a rare breed. It seems that when we converse with most folks, they just pause impatiently until it is their turn to speak again. This is not the case with At Large City Council candidate Beth Olson. The first time we met her, a...

A good listener is a rare breed. It seems that when we converse with most folks, they just pause impatiently until it is their turn to speak again. This is not the case with At Large City Council candidate Beth Olson. The first time we met her, about six months ago, we expected that, like most politicians, she would constantly have to say something. Instead, we found she spoke only when she had something to say. Her words were concise, thoughtful, intelligent and well-chosen. What a breath of fresh air!

Over the last six months we have discovered that, as we may have expected, a good listener learns lots of things. People who fail to listen never learn or else they think they know everything already. Olson has taken what she has learned through listening and has formulated ideas that could help solve many of Duluth's problems. She is not one to stick doggedly to her plans, just her convictions.

There are some who see roadblocks everywhere they turn; we need councilors who negotiate their way around roadblocks. Olson believes that saying "no we can't" is a self-fulfilling prediction, and those words are not in her vocabulary.

Voters could please learn more about our new friend, Beth Olson, before voting in the primary on Sept. 15.

Dane and Lynn Youngblom

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