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Don't forget Herbert Hoover

| Tuesday, June 29, 2004

I think Pat Buchanan's column on rating the U.S. presidents is a classic ("Rating the presidents," June 16).

I have long regarded him as the only columnist with any knowledge of history, and you know the old saying: "Those who don't know history are bound to repeat it."

However, I have one complaint. He failed to rate Herbert Hoover, whom I regard as the greatest president after George Washington.

Hoover was an internationally famous mining engineer and renowned humanitarian. As the head of a Quaker relief organization, he saved millions of people in Russia from starvation.

Here again Pat hits the nail on the head: The rating of presidents tells more about the rater than it does about the president.

Mal Magnuson Pleasant Hills

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