Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Senator Ted Kennedy

We all heard the news today that Senator Ted Kennedy has a malignant form of brain cancer. It is certainly sad news when anyone gets such a serious diagnosis, but this one hits especially close to home for those of us who live in Rhode Island. We have embraced the Kennedy family since the 1950's. And we have all felt the sadness from the repeated tragedies of their family.

While a Senator, John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island. JFK, Jr went to Brown. Patrick Kennedy, Ted's son, is one of two RI Representatives. I actually saw Ted Kennedy on a flight from Rhode Island to DC once. He was very approachable and people enjoyed speaking with him during that trip.

The Kennedy's live just up the road, literally. If we follow Rte 6 east, it leads to Hyannis where they have their family compound. When I lived in Onset, Massachusetts I was lucky to have been able to vote for him! That was 1988 and the ballots were paper, which surprised me. I can remember feeling so honored being able to vote for a Kennedy!

Ted Kennedy's impact as a Senator has an impact on all of us whether we are aware of it or not. He has been a champion of poor people, health care and civil rights.

Let's hope he makes it through this difficult illness.

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