Farewell to a Force for Good

August 28th, 2009

Since Tuesday, tears have welled up in the vagabond’s eyes with some regularity.  An American long concerned about education, health and welfare (and yes, nutrition) as well as a vast range of human services has left us, demonstrating exemplary courage in his last months.  Senator Ted Kennedy will be buried on Saturday at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.  His hard work for forty three years as Massachusetts’ Senator ranged from Bilingual Education programs in 1968 to strengthening the Meals on Wheels program to more effectively provide daily warm meals for shut-ins and senior citizens in 1972.  In that same year, his gargantuan efforts brought into action a nutrition program for disadvantaged Women, Infants and Children (the WIF program). Through the years he fought for cleaner air and water, but Ted Kennedy’s focus was consistently on strengthening social security and providing affordable health services to all citizens. In between chemo-therapy sessions for terminal brain cancer, he went to Washington in July 2008 to cast his vote, freeing important Medicare legislation from gridlock.  The determination, the voice of this “Lion of the Senate” was legendary:  he was truly a force for good.

2 Comments »

  1. Suzane Watkinson says

    Thank you, he will be much missed here in Massachusetts as well as the rest of the country.

    September 1st, 2009 | #

  2. marolyn says

    Dedication of his stature is an example for us all…whatever the field or cause, wherever Americans are: inspiration to carry on.

    September 3rd, 2009 | #

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