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Reader Opinion: The public trust

Let us be sure our democracy stays in our country for our children and our grandchildren.

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We are part of The Trust Project.

“A public office is a public trust.” That was a statement by the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson.

The public office does not belong to any one person, it belongs to the public and the public will decide who is elected and for how long. That is how our democracy works. An office holder holds the office in trust for the public. You may win or lose depending on the trust the voters have that you will represent them in office. It is never easy to lose, but most candidates accept the voters’ decision. It is not the end of the world if you do not make it. The world does not stop. The clock keeps ticking. Each day goes by and the government will go on just as well without you.

So let us be sure our democracy stays in our country for our children and our grandchildren.

Don Samuelson

Brainerd

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