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Letter to the Editor: Thoughts of an older man

To the Editor:

As I review the landscape of our culture and the character of our country and the world at large, I recall a few admonishments my father gave me and my sibling. They were – and still are:

• Treat others the way you want to be treated.

• You are no better than anyone else and no one else is better than you.

• Do the right thing and do things right.

• Be honest, loyal, trustworthy and fair.

My father wanted us to understand these were things that would carry us through a life well lived.

At the Naval Sea Systems Command I worked with a young engineer that had a plaque above his desk. It simply read, “Common Sense is Mandatory.”

May God bless each of you with a life well lived.

Norm Coker

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