The Importance of Compromise

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'America This Week,' August 5, 2015

Former Senator George Mitchell talks about his Catholic upbringing in Maine, his work with Bob Dole in the Senate and his participation in the peace process of Northern Ireland. He is the author of The Negotiator: A Memoir.

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Paul Ferris
3 years ago

Wish Senator Mitchell would not have characterized his neighborhood as a "slum." There is a different connotation between a neighborhood of poor people and a slum. Head of Falls where Senator Mitchell grew up may have been crowded and most were uneducated but all were hardworking and their children were educated and respectful of authority. Many became successful though none as prominent as the Senator.. A "slum" to me implies stagnation as well as social and familial decline often accompanied by crime, drugs, and other social diseases.

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I grew up in the same neighborhood as Senator Mitchel. l knew his mother and father and still know his surviving brothers and sister well. My grandmother, Jamillie Thomas is the Senator's godmother.

Forgive me if I come across as being picky. The Senator is a great man and deserves all the accolades he has received for his untiring work for the common good of this country and internationally.

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