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Posted August 7, 2013 | Leave a comment
Letter to the Editor: A tribute to former Sen. Harry F. Byrd Jr.
Sen. Harry Flood Byrd Jr., who died July 30 at age 98, was, at the time of his death, the oldest living ex-senator and the first independent candidate to be re-elected to the U.S. Senate.
One suspects that if U.S. congressmen would focus on truthfulness,
An ardent adherent of fiscal conservatism and states' rights, Byrd would surely have endorsed the saying of Henry David Thoreau: "That government is best which governs least..."
Byrd rarely introduced new legislation; like his father, he made known his political endorsements by maintaining the "golden silence," and he frequently refused to accept expense money and pay increases.
Byrd was one of those rare American politicians who attempted to safeguard the American system of government both from the shifting whims of popular opinion and from domination by a corporate-style, one-size-fits-all mentality.
John Clem, Edinburg
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