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Wed., Nov. 2, 2011, 11:25 a.m.

Carlson: Where Are The Leaders?

In talking with newspaper editors about running excerpts of the book of reminiscences of my years working with and for Governor Cecil D. Andrus, I often encountered the question “where are today’s Cecil Andruses?” Or “why can’t we produce leaders like Cecil Andrus, or Dan Evans or Mark Hatfield any more?” In other words, “where have all the leaders gone?” Cecil Andrus reflects leadership to the core of his being. While there are many definitions of leadership, and Andrus would fulfill most, it is one of those things you just know when you see it. As long as people have known Andrus they will tell you he has always possessed the quality that says “I’m leading; I know where I’m going. Follow or get out of the way!”/Chris Carlson, The Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: I believe Idaho has an exceptional leader in Congressman Mike Simpson -- and mebbe U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo. Can you think of anyone else in the state you would classify as a leader/statesman?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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