Over the past two days there has been a national outpouring of sentiment regarding the death of Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.

Dear Editor:
Over the past two days there has been a national outpouring of sentiment regarding the death of Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.
While there are those who may have been his detractors, there are far more who recognized his contributions to this nation over his 40 plus years in the U.S. Senate.
He sponsored over a thousand bills, some 300 of which became law. Those laws made life better for so many Americans. They include sponsorship of civil rights legislation, legislation for the disabled and senior citizens, Schip legislation for young people of America and Title 9 legislation that benefited young women who wanted to participate in athletic competitions.  There are too many more to identify in this letter.
What he did in the United States Senate touched us all in a very positive way. He opposed the Iraq war.
I had the privilege to meet him in Kansas City a number of years ago where he was addressing a Union organization, and shake his hand. He was the absolute essence of a savvy politician, grabbing hands, reaching out to people and patting them on the back, totally enchanting us all.
It is my fervent hope that the United States Congress might work in a bi-partisan manner  to unite us all toward a national health reform initiative as a tribute to his compassionate sponsorship for this concept.
May he rest in peace.
Beth Bradrick
Crawford County Democratic Party