To the Editor:
It used to be a thrill when a friend announced that he was seeking election to our U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. In those days, intelligence and diplomacy were admired in those who had the strength of character to use them.
Years later, because of their ability and willingness to work with peers from both sides of “the aisle,” former Sens. Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum are held in distinguished memory.
That was before the blockhead mentality took over and a formula for “anything goes” became acceptable. In their frantic effort as warriors, some Kansas lawmakers have put our state on the map while giving stand-up comics ample material.
Sadly, the notion that being unwilling to compromise and to keep the focus on what is best for the party and not for the people has become our new politics. Meanspiritedness is now thought of as an asset.
So it is with mixed feelings that I consider the recent announcement by Jim Sherow that he will seek election to the House of Representatives from the First District. Heaven knows he knows this state well and cares about it. He was born in Hutchinson, has spent his life here and has been a professor of history for years at Kansas State University.
So what’s not to love? I shudder when I think of this kind man being treated with a street-fight mentality in the war zone that Congress has become.
But then I remember that a peaceful nature does not mean weakness. When our U.S. mili-tary chose a man to accompany the bodies of our fallen heroes, it was Jim who was sent to console the families of the fallen and to ensure that the bodies were treated with respect. It is not a faint heart that is sent on such emotionally devastating assign-ments. He wants to serve Kan-sans, and all Americans, if we allow it.
P.O. Box 1814