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Readers write about separatist provinces, presidential leadership, the Equal Rights Amendment, and cellphones on airplanes.

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Separatist tensions resolved through openness, respect

Regarding the Aug. 28 article, "Russia's case on Georgia territories: Like Kosovo or not?" At present, there are both Georgian and Russian friends and family in my home. So I found this article very enlightening in discussing Russia's turnaround in supporting demands of South Ossetia and Abkhazia after its opposition to the independence of Kosovo.

Emotions run high in these politically sensitive areas.

The British can look back over five centuries to see how the Welsh, Scots, and Irish were often brutally subdued by the force of English armies, and can be so grateful that changing attitudes over the years have brought much healing so that relationships are now mostly based on reason and discussion.

Unity and brotherhood are potent forces, providing the rights of individual freedom are progressively implemented.

David Barker

The presidential role has evolved

Regarding Gene Healy's Aug. 28 Opinion piece, "A president, not a savior": There are many things the Founding Fathers of this country intended: most obviously, liberty, freedom, and equality for all men. Interestingly enough, they did not include women or slaves of either gender, only men.

Perhaps they never intended the United States to have a national leader, but the reality of the situation is that we do. Like it or not, the president sets a tone, an agenda, and a political direction for the country.

A good leader brings out the best in people, inspiring them to rise to the challenges that face their communities.

Sure, there will always be people titillated by meeting a politician, a sports legend, even the pope, but the people I see down in the trenches working for the candidate of their choice are mostly hardworking, down-to-earth people who feel the message of the current leadership has to change.

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