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The Passing of a Great American

Editor, News-Register:

The recent passing of the iconic former U.S. Sen. Robert “Bob” Dole, who served his home state of Kansas and our nation admirably for 36 years beginning with his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1960-68, followed by 28 years in the U.S. Senate, including 11 very productive years as the Republican leader in the Senate, also gives one the opportunity to reflect on a time when the U.S. government seemed much more dedicated to work that would benefit our great country and its people, as opposed to the unprecedented partisan motivation of elected officials of today, who appear to unashamedly place political and personal ambition over all else.

Sen. Dole, who had been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in February 2021, was truly an American icon and war hero, who will be greatly missed, for unquestionably dedicating his life to the service of our beloved country. In addition, Sen. Dole heroically served in the U.S. Army infantry during World War II, and was gravely wounded while serving in Italy, and as a result of the wounds he received was never again able to regain use of his right hand.

Also during his long and impressive tenure, Sen. Dole was a strong advocate of the Americans With Disabilities Act, along with Civil Rights, Medicaid and the expansion of food stamps, many of which have long been identified as “Democratic causes,” strongly indicating that Sen. Dole historically prioritized America’s priorities over any political and/or personal agendas he may have had.

Sen. Dole was the 1976 vice-presidential hopeful on the Republican ticket under then-President Gerald R. Ford, who were eventually defeated by Democrats Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale. In addition, Sen. Dole ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980 and 1988, and won the Republican nomination for president in 1996, losing in the general election to Bill Clinton.

In his later years, Sen. Dole dedicated much of his time and efforts to being a strong advocate in support of America’s war veterans, and was also a key speaker at the dedication of the World War II Museum in Washington, D.C., in 2004.

Upon his passing, Sen. Dole was remembered respectfully and affectionately by a multitude of Republicans, as well as Democrats, which was very appropriate, indeed. Sen. Dole was a true American hero, who dedicated his life in service to our great country, and as a result he should be gratefully remembered and lauded by one and all.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry

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