Of Former Presidents and Current Candidates

After days of shuddering over the caliber of candidates for president, I read with exhilaration the Opinion page column "George Washington's 'Image' ," Feb. 21, regarding Presidents Washington and Lincoln. The author's contribution not only pays tribute to famous presidents, but also reveals what is needed today to live up to their standards.

The inadequate and futile attempts at greatness of the candidates of today should be vigorously rejected by voters. The author hits the right note when he states, "What matters in a candidate isn't the image he projects but the life he lives and the moral judgments he makes; not how facilely his 'handlers' craft 'a message' but how clearly he sees the actions needed to fulfill the promise of American life." Eleanor A. M. Howe, Rochester, Minn.

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