The great 'Dutch'
Ronald Reagan was the greatest president of recent times. Despite those who would have disparaged Reagan as being from meager, non-Ivy league upbringing, the man was the right one to fight communism at a crucial time in our nation's history.
Reagan was a benevolent man, and one who would write letters of support to regular folks he knew. Placing no less importance on, say, a fixed-income senior citizen retiree in Des Moines than on his own secretary of state, Reagan often wrote compassionate letters to working class folks. He knew from being down and out -- he had been there, growing up the son of a marginally employed shoe salesman in Illinois.
Some pundits believe that Reagan's faith in the Strategic Defense Initiative -- "Star Wars" -- was the straw that broke the Soviet Union's back. But perhaps even more than that, Reagan should be remembered as a president who refused to allow negativity to derail progress in the economy, where the tax cuts and smaller government he instituted -- methods that are still popular today -- saw the United States once again become robust and productive to its full capabilities.
The great "Dutch," who never let criticism get him down, will be missed. He truly was an American icon.
Jason C. Reeher