Letter: The substance of a politician

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By Rosalie Regensberg

The time to file for those who want to run for office is just around the corner.

A young man recently asked me the meaning of a politician. I replied that people who run for office most generally do it because they want to use their education, talents, personalities and experience in life to help others. They encourage self-sufficiency, but at the same time fight for and support programs that give people a little push in the right direction.

In politics there are no friends or enemies, only differences of opinion, support or vengeance. A politician has to have a tough hide and always follow his/her convictions while there will those that who will try to buy, bribe, or manipulate him/her. They have to be able to face criticism, but be strong enough in their beliefs to stick to what they feel is right, regardless of what they have to endure.

I feel that politicians have the right to be assertive and defend themselves when accused of wrong doing, but usually their record speaks for itself. Nobody on the face of this earth is perfect. However, a politician should never hold anger, hatred, or a grudge on his/her accusers.

Just like the teachers, he/she should see every individual in his/her state or county as a person of dignity or worth.

There are many demands on a politician and he/she can’t always grant requests, but it’s important to listen and be empathetic.

The hardest part of being a politician is trying to get enough money to see progress. Laying off people and letting them go is not easy, but at times it becomes a must.

The most important factor in politics is honesty, and “to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.”

The young man looked at me and said, “I just finished the DARE Program. Maybe I’ll be a politician when I grow up.”

Rosalie Regensberg