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Mich. State Bar Honors Gerald Ford

September 16, 1999

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) _ President Gerald Ford, who worked as a lawyer here after graduating college, has been honored by the Michigan State Bar for his public service.

In remarks Wednesday at the association’s luncheon, Michigan Gov. John Engler said Ford has integrity that transcends partisan politics.

``I don’t think any president in living memory has been considered more trustworthy by both sides of the aisle,″ Engler said. ``We are proud of you, and we are proud you are one of our own.″

The former president received two standing ovations.

Ford, who worked in Grand Rapids after attending Yale Law School, said he appreciated the recognition by his colleagues. In a speech, he criticized term limits, saying they negate voters’ rights.

``If you don’t like ... public officials or what they’re doing, it’s up to you, not the Constitution, to replace them with people more to your own liking,″ he said.

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