I'm sitting at a meeting of a board of elected officials, watching as one of them struggles mightily to make a decision that will tip the balance in favor, or against, an important proposal.
The official thinks, and thinks hard, for several uncomfortable minutes, before casting a vote. This official is one who truly cares about the town's best interests; one who has no personal agenda driving voting decisions.
"Politicians all too often think about the next election. Statesmen think about the next generation," theologian James Freeman Clarke once said.