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WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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★ ★ ★ By the time this article is printed, the outcome of the election will be known. As it went to press, polls predicted Clinton to be on her way to victory. Should that be the case, Schechter doesn't expect any great changes in the direction of the country unless a landslide victory sweeps Republicans from control of both houses of Congress. Still, he believes that Clinton, besides getting to pick Supreme Court judges, could make differences around the edges of policy. "When Hillary was in the Senate she went out of her way to work with Republicans and not to take extreme ideological positions," Schechter said. "She learned from the failure of the health care plan in 1992." He said he can readily imagine her picking up the phone to invite a recalcitrant Republican over for cocktails. "More business gets done over a drink because it personalizes a situation," Schechter said. "She's good at that." Schechter questioned why Clinton hadn't anticipated the potential pitfalls of having a private email server, and he wonders why she would accept hefty speaking fees from Goldman Sachs, especially if she anticipated running for president. "She didn't need the money," he said, adding that he can't fathom why she hasn't released the transcripts. Still, he added, "My overall picture is very positive about her character. I trust her." To those who say Clinton is power hungry, he responds, "The best way to judge a person is to look at their life experience, not just specific things along the way." ★ ★ ★ Clinton is just one of a number of Wellesley students whom Schechter has seen go on to success, both in the public and private sectors. A number have become judges, including Judith Cowin, 70 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 troveboutique@gmail.com Alan Schechter with the two secretaries of state who attended Wellesley College: Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton an interview with alan schechter

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