, Newburyport, MA


January 4, 2013

From the pits to the heights


Political conflict is newsworthy, and there’s been plenty of that.

What is needed is productive resolution to resolve the economic realities facing us.

That must come from Barack Obama as president of all our less than united states.

It must also come from the leadership of both major parties from which there has been more than enough of divisive rant.

The America brought to great power and an uplifting sense of nationhood by its response to the great war of more than a half century ago suffers from the erosion of cooperation between its two major parties.

In a world shrunken by the expansion of both demand and opportunity by less than great powers, the economic turmoil of Europe and ourselves and the seemingly unending conflicts of the Middle East, those who would lead us must first bring us together.

To do so, the leadership of both parties must seek and nourish common ground.

To do so, Barack Obama would elevate his presidency, as few others have done, to historic heights.


Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and staff columnist. His e-mail address is

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