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Letter: Dear President Trump

In this July 31, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump listens during a campaign rally at Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa, Fla. (AP File Photo/Evan Vucci)

In this July 31, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump listens during a campaign rally at Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa, Fla. (AP File Photo/Evan Vucci)

Dear President Trump

Editor:

Mr. President, you were not my first choice for a Republican candidate — you weren’t my 10th choice. But you got my vote. I now count myself in the growing group that regrets that decision. However, my vote for you gives me the right to submit this letter to you.

Stop tweeting your inane comments! It’s time to start acting like a President and a leader, rather than one who tries to divide. You have a myriad of issues to contend with: Russian interference in elections, North Korea, the Middle East; a bipartisan solution to immigration; mass shootings and what to do about guns; security issues in your own house. These are but a few.

You must realize that our entire population is now your responsibility. Your tweets only serve to drive a wedge between men and women, blacks and whites, Republicans and Democrats, young and old. And they don’t appeal to the vast majority of us.

Be our country’s leader. A good leader “exhibits moral and ethical courage, sets a good example, and moves the organization to where it needs to be in the future.” For our system to work effectively there must be room for compromise. Not everyone gets everything they want. Instead, it’s what is in the overall best interests of our country. Bring the sides together, find common ground. Being ethical, having responsibility, good judgment, and showing humility are all characteristics of a good leader. Your tweets reflect none of that! Find a good book on leadership, read it, and follow its tenets. We’ll all be better off!

Mike Payson

Prescott Valley