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Senator Ted Kennedy has died

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When you look at the history of the Kennedy family, you see one of great tragedy. Of the four brothers in the Kennedy family, three had already died of something other than natural causes. Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts finally succumbed to cancer at the age of 77, over a year after he was diagnosed with the disease and in doing so, thus ended one of the great political dynasties of our lifetime.

Senator Ted Kennedy had the distinction of being one of the most liberal Senators in Washington. He also had the distinction of being the most enduring, serving in the Senate beginning in November 1962, after winning a special election to fill the seat once held by his brother, John F. Kennedy. Even though as a conservative, I opposed him on nearly every issue, I can not deny he had a bulldog determination to fight for what he believed in.

The last cause was what he called the cause of his lifetime, health care reform. After going through brain surgery and then extensive radiation and chemotherapy, Senator Kennedy still found strength enough to find his way to the Senate and voice his opinion and concerns about the pending health care legislation.

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