November 28, 2012 12:00 AM

Dicks’ retirement a loss for us and for Congress

I will miss Congressman Norm Dicks when he retires from Congress at the end of this year. For whatever the criticisms of Dicks, to me, he is the last of the true congressional statesman. He functioned in a bipartisan manner and put the welfare of our nation ahead of party politics. It seems that members of Congress just don’t operate that way anymore. A few years ago, I watched him on C-SPAN debating the Department of Interior subappropiations budget. He genuinely cared about the opinions of his Republican colleagues, even yielding his time to them when appropriate. As I watched Dicks treat his colleagues with civility, respect and decency, I wished the rest of Congress, and other politicians, would exhibit the same behavior.

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