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The Death of Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 
Saturday June 5th, 2004 23:13
Ohta Kouzou
I don't know how to react to Ronald Reagan's death today. While I would certainly never take pleasure/satisfaction in someone's death, especially one at the hands of Alzheimer's disease. I can't look back on Reagan's presidency the way the media has chosen to portray it. I wonder though, does Reagan's death warrant the kind of attention it has garnered? The television tells the story of an actor turned president, who took lessons from Hollywood and brought them to politics. They talk of his acting career, his humor even after an attempted assassination, the relative successes of the controversial Reaganomics, his victory over the Soviets, and a man whose death will be mourned by many around the world. While I agree with the importance of these qualities/accomplishments, I believe they paint a very incomplete picture of Reagan.

I truly believe that Ronald Reagan was the most significant American president in the last 30 years. Both for reasons outlined above, and for reasons completely ignored by the press. Reagan's involvement in Nicaragua (Iran Contra Scandal) and Libya, and even Grenada. As well as Reagan's lasting changes to welfare, broadcasting, and workers right, should also be remembered. I think a person's death should lead to a more even-handed recollection of their life. Reagan was involved in some of the most important events in modern history. The media's refusal to acknowledge these events, because they make Reagan look bad does a great disservice to the idea of journalism. No one is perfect, so I believe they shouldn't be described as if they were. Someone's death should be a chance to look back at both the good and bad. Because to acknowledge one's mistakes, and to learn from them, is the only way we make our lives better. I would hate to see Reagan's mistakes to be recreated because someone thought Reagan was a saint that did no wrong. Ronald Reagan was a man who accomplished a lot in his life, both good and bad. He should be remembered both for his good accomplishments and his bad accomplishments.
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