Szeliga is a true leader

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Daniel Schus­ter, Owings Mills The writer is pres­i­dent and CEO of Schus­ter Con­crete.

We do not elect our of­fi­cials merely for their leg­isla­tive abil­i­ties. We elect peo­ple who we be­lieve have good char­ac­ter and are eth­i­cal. We elect peo­ple who will lead us.

In re­cent decades our of­fi­cials have shed the man­tle of lead­er­ship. They have fallen in line with party dogma and have for­got­ten that the peo­ple that they rep­re­sent chose them pri­mar­ily be­cause we be­lieve in their ba­sic goodness and de­cency.

It is clear to me that ci­ti­zens who live in trou­bled ar­eas of Bal­ti­more City are not able to en­joy the bless­ings of lib­erty. They are not af­forded the quiet en­joy­ment of their homes. It is clear to methat th­ese con­di­tions must be im­proved through cit­i­zen-to-cit­i­zen co­op­er­a­tion. There is dis­trust in this coun­try that only one man reach­ing out to an­other man can dis­pel.

In work­ing with care­givers down­town I have had some of the most re­ward­ing times of my life. I have had suc­cesses and fail­ures, sad days and joy­ous days — I have laughed from my gut.

I have worked shoul­der to shoul­der with peo­ple who have never and will never vote as I do. But be­cause of the work that we have done to­gether they re­main im­por­tant to me. I care for them and I re­spect them. The Amer­i­can peo­ple are ca­pa­ble of th­ese in­ter­ac­tions. We lack only lead­er­ship. I have sup­ported Kathy Szeliga be­cause she con­nected me with peo­ple in our city who are do­ing good work and need help.

I have tried nu­mer­ous times to en­cour­age elected of­fi­cials to pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion be­tween lower in­come and higher in­come ci­ti­zens. Prior to Kathy’s un­so­licited help with the Martin Luther King Cen­ter (“Com­mu­nity cen­ter gives GOP chance to en­gage in West Bal­ti­more,” Oct. 12), my ef­forts were fruit­less.

Ms. Szeliga’s ef­forts in join­ing of my com­pany to the Martin Luther King Cen­ter are a very small glimpse into the nec­es­sary hu­man re­la­tion­ships that must oc­cur in our na­tion if we are to be­come a na­tion for the peo­ple, by the peo­ple.

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