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Editorial: Godspeed, senator

Posted: August 27, 2018 4:06 p.m.
Updated: August 28, 2018 1:00 a.m.

We join the nation in mourning the passing and celebrating the life of Sen. John McCain.

Believe whatever you want about politics in general, but we would certainly call Sen. McCain one of the last of the true statesmen. He was one to deep dive into issues, carefully research his positions, and think deeply about what he believed to be in the best interest of the nation.

The campaign trail for the 2008 presidential election wound through Camden; he made a brief stop at the Camden Military Academy chapel. What was especially striking about the man that day was his obviously heartfelt personal greetings to the veterans in attendance -- this was absolutely his first order of business, the first statement he would make that morning. He acknowledged several by name, stating how honored he felt to be in their company that day.

From what we observed, McCain was always a class act. Even when he disagreed sharply with someone, he never seemed to resort to the puerile name-calling and sandbox bloviating that is so common today. He addressed issues and problems but never got personal.

Whatever one’s political beliefs are, no matter whether one agreed or disagreed with Sen. McCain, we would find it very difficult to believe anyone with a modicum of intelligence and character would call into question the man’s courage, personal integrity or devotion to duty.

Godspeed, senator, and thank you for your service.

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