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Essay on McDonald wins Profile in Courage contest

Jamie Baer, a high school senior from Indiana, who won a national essay contest for a piece she wrote about former- Sen. Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga.
Jamie Baer, a high school senior from Indiana, who won a national essay contest for a piece she wrote about former- Sen. Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga.
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Former state Sen. Roy McDonald never imagined he would be cast with the characters of John F. Kennedy’s “Profiles in Courage.” The book, which the 66-year-old Republican read as a young student, catalogs eight occasions in American history where U.S. senators defied what was popular to stand up for what they thought was right. “Basically everybody was required to read it [in the early 1960s],” said McDonald, a town of Saratoga resident. Fifty years later, ...

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grant18
May 14, 2013
11:35 a.m.

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Ms. Baer & former Senator McDonald both richly deserve the recognition that comes with this award because they both clearly represent the ideals that Jack Kennedy embodied in "Profiles in Courage."

To paraphrase the late US Senator Lloyd Bentsen, "Sen. Marchione, I lived through the Jack Kennedy era, Jack Kennedy was an idol of mine & you're no Jack Kennedy!"

And the biggest pity of it is, it probably pleases her to hear that. Unlikely, but even she might change her mind by reading Ms. Baer's essay at www.jfklibrary.org.

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