Sen. Paul Wellstone's politics did not exactly inspire apathy. But whatever anyone thought about the liberal leanings of the Minnesota democrat, you can't argue that he was passionate and dedicated to his beliefs - and his constituents. ...
He voted his conscience. Wellstone did not support the Gulf War, nor did he vote recently for a tough resolution that would authorize force in Iraq. ...
He sided with working Americans and the poor - even famously visiting Mississippi's ''Sugar Ditch'' region in the last decade, echoing Bobby Kennedy's visit to the area.
He certainly had his opponents, but even they were saddened last week at his sudden death and quickly recalled his strength and integrity as a public servant. ...
Given his propensity for being different, it's not likely that many people shared all of Paul Wellstone's views.
But we can share his enthusiasm for public service and his dedication to the values of our democracy.
Perhaps, then, a fitting tribute to him would be simply this: Vote your conscience this Election Day.
On Nov. 5, choose candidates of integrity, who will serve our state and our nation with dignity, who will represent their constituents well.
But most important, stand up and vote.
-- The Natchez (Miss.) Democrat
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