A lot of us were hoping that Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, would recover from cancer. His death is a huge loss to our country.
The mountain of legislation Mr. Kennedy helped pass made life better for all of us. He and his brothers were born into a family of great wealth and privilege. They easily could have given in to selfishness and self-indulgence, or spent their lives devoted only to increasing their wealth. Instead, they devoted their lives to their country and to improving the lives of average working men and women.
While other wealthy members of the Senate used their votes to ensure that those with wealth and power could acquire more wealth and power, Mr. Kennedy battled for the rest of us, for the average American. He truly believed that to whom much is given, much is expected.
He came from an era of politics that is almost completely absent. Today, politics is no longer about people; it’s simply about power — how to get it and how to manipulate the system to keep it. The American people are just a means to an end.
Mr. Kennedy was flawed, as all humans are. Nevertheless, he worked tirelessly to make a positive difference in the lives of average Americans.
ALAN L. LIGHT
Iowa City, Iowa