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We all miss John McCain

Dear Editor:

The late Republican Arizona Senator and Presidential candidate John McCain, born on August 29, 1936, was always a breath of fresh air.

What you see is what you got with the “Straight Talk Express.” He could work across the aisle with Democratic Senate colleagues, including Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman and others on a regular bipartisan basis. This also included Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy on comprehensive immigration reform and Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold on campaign finance reform. His history in the Senate harkens back to an age of collegiality no longer seen today. McCain like New York’s late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, was an intellectual giant standing head and shoulders above today’s newer generation of Senators.

In our era of highly partisan politics, let’s hope that Congress members from different parties on the third anniversary of his passing on August 26, 2018 can honor McCain’s memory. Will we ever move beyond rigid ideological commitments and come together on behalf of all Americans? McCain a role models others should be emulating. With his death, Diogenes is still searching for an honest politician.

Larry Penner

 

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