To the Editor:
This fall I attended a high school football game on a crisp Friday night in central Kansas. I was there early enough to watch the players warm up, the band practice and school officials try to stop young kids from playing tag in the end zone.
It was one of those nights when people were drinking lukewarm hot chocolate from the FFA-concession stand. The bleachers were packed, and there was a constant buzz of excitement. It was noisy and chaotic.
Then it was announced that a high school senior would per-form our national anthem and we should all rise and remove our hats. The young lady sang a capella, and I am sure her voice could be heard for miles. There was not another sound. Our song cut through that Kansas night as if everyone was hearing it for the first time.
I thought about that night when I read an article saying that Sen. Pat Roberts’ Repub-lican challenger, Milton Wolf, had accused the senator of ethics violations. It is true that Roberts, 77, has served in Washington for most of his life, but if one has analyzed his career, labeling Roberts a “Washington Insider” would make him vomit.
That game made me realize that self-government and the freedom to choose can only occur if government is honest. It would be impossible for even a deeply involved citizen to know and understand the details necessary to govern a country as complex as the United States. So when the players and fans paused and honored the country that Friday night, I believe they did it out of love, respect, and duty, but most of all, they did it out of trust.
The same trust is fostered by a deep understanding that Sen. Pat Roberts has their backs.