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Democratic Convention

July 31, 1988

The nomination of Michael Dukakis hopefully signals the maturing of America in the age of electronic communications and news as an entertainment source. Perhaps we now look beyond a candidate's rhetorical ability, charm, and crafted-for-TV ideals to discover if there is an executive ability combined with a firm grasp of reality and practical solutions.

Maybe we have discovered during this past year that our charismatic ideologues--Ronald Reagan, Gary Hart, et al--have feet of clay and we are beginning to distrust glamour as much as we dislike greed. Perhaps we no longer want a "star" to "inspire" us, but now opt for sterner qualities such as realistic goals, native intelligence, and the common sense to know what is honest and what is not.

JACQUELINE KERR

Los Angeles

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