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Honoring Senator McCain

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To the editor:

As a history junkie, I sit glued to watching the farewell given to Sen. John McCain. A fitting tribute to a man who served his country his entire adult life. Conspiracy theories aside, he was a man of bravery, honor, and dignity in the fullest sense of those words.

As a POW, he gave old information to his enemies knowing it would do them no good and refused to be released before men who had been in captivity longer. He withstood brutal treatment and, in later years, helped return our country to normal relations with the country who tortured him.

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As a senator, he worked in a bipartisan fashion and, up to his death, asked to return to that norm. He knew that this winner take all, gladiator politics currently in place will destroy us. He knew that people he might disagree with politically were still worthy of respect and had ideas worth hearing.

Rest In Peace, Senator. Hopefully, your example will spark us to righting the ship.

Jane Ryan

[Posted September 4, 2018]

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