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To the Editor: Ed Rendell, the governor of Pennsylvania, greeted the students of Penn with words of wisdom on the state of our economy, political future, and healthcare reform. I expected the evening to be dull and full of empty rhetoric, a round of “Yes we can,” and a goodbye to us all. However, I found trust in him. I entered believing politicians mirror my beliefs on rodent life: always dangerous and disgusting. With this in mind, I half expected him to be a slick car salesman pulling out grand phrases of hope and courage. In fact, it was a rare sighting of an honest politician, but an even rarer window into the politician who relaxes and speaks his mind. We questioned him on marijuana use, and he replied, “It has as much chance as legalizing prostitution.” I guess you could call it charm that made us trust him, but in less than an hour I became one of his avid supporters without ever having said a word.

Anirudh Maheshwari The author is a College freshman

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