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Saturday, March 30, 2013
I wept at his death, and at the love, respect and precision shown by the military that buried him. Years later, I visited his tomb site and was touched by its beauty.
I still miss his charm, smile and friendly manner. He never tried to intimidate, nor was he vindictive to people who opposed him. He was a decent man.
He was transparent and consistent, true to his beliefs, promises and convictions. Nothing from the archives or past political campaigns ever contradicted his positions while president.
I miss his devotion to the Constitution. He appreciated not only the law, but also the traditions of governance in Washington. He respected the Founders' separation of power.
His soaring rhetoric about America's accomplishments and the freedom provided millions of the world's oppressed lingers in my mind. He loved this country, and saw a bright future for an enduring America.
He fled the trappings of power and the presidency whenever possible. I remember the vacations to his small ranch, where he rode his horse, chopped wood and just spent time with Nancy.
I miss President Ronald Reagan - now, more than ever.
PHILLIP W. UNGER
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