Letter of the Day (April 6): Leadership

  • Updated: April 5, 2012 - 7:45 PM

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in "Titanic."

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Tonight, as I was jogging, I heard some children playing. One boy, in his best, gravelly voice, yelled, "I'm the ruler of the world!"

It reminded me of the boy-man Leonardo DiCaprio's "Titanic" line. But I couldn't help also linking it to the "adult children" who are running our government.

It seems that the desire to lord over others never leaves some people. In the April 3 metro section, I read about how brilliant leaders felt that a new Trader Joe's in the Lyn-Lake area of Minneapolis "isn't a necessity in that neighborhood."

In the next story, Mayor R.T. Rybak and some other council member/hanger-on celebrated their "benevolent" changes in zoning, allowing chickens, eggs and other produce to be grown in the city.

Oh, I see: The rulers have, in their infinite wisdom, deemed that we don't need grocery stores, but we do need to grow our own groceries. Now, I don't mind either idea -- live and let live, and let the market determine how many grocery stores we need.

But it seems clear the rulers have a plan.


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