There have been a number of hopeful signs recently regarding the public's recognition of the value of reaching beyond partisan disagreement ("Nostalgia for the age of statesmen," Oct. 23). One comes from "the greatest generation," the other from a college student.
The first was a commentary in
Mr. McGovern and Mr. Dole shared the experience of battlefield service during
On the same day Mr. Dole's commentary appeared, Alex Clearfield, a
Both the senior statesman and the college student sent an important messages to all of us, one similar to that imparted by a former president of the Johns Hopkins University, Milton Eisenhower. "As never before in our history," Mr. Eisenhower wrote, "we now need citizens who will devote time to being wise, democratic citizens."
As one who knew and worked with Mr. Eisenhower, I hope that his message — and those of Senator Dole and Mr. Clearfield — may reach more of us as signals of hope in this time of election-year partisanship that threatens to divide rather than unite us.
George S. Wills, Baltimore