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I read Dan Schreiter's letter to the editor (Sunday’s Tribune) about politicians serving themselves rather than their constituents, and I could not agree more.

Elsewhere on the page, I read John Medinger’s column, and the first thought that came to mind was that through all the positions Medinger held -- appointed or elected -- he served the people. As an ultra-conservative Republican, I didn’t always agree with him, but he was willing to discuss — calmly and with conviction — your views and the reasons for his voting or feeling the way he did.

I have been voting since 1962, and there have been people on the ballot I couldn’t stand, but I’ve also seen a few for whom I would have gone to war with — and did — including presidents John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

I can think of others who stepped up and did their best to serve their country honorably, such as Sen. William Proxmire and Gov. Patrick Lucey. They took any praise for a job well done humbly and any criticism with grace. They didn’t wine – they just get on with the job.

Whatever happened to people such as these?

Perhaps we should amend our Constitution and tell our leaders that there is no whining allowed.

Oren “Lee” Brown, Holmen

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