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May someone pick up where Kennedy left off

Written by Rosa Colucci on .

I hope that Sen. Ted Kennedy gets at least as much attention as Michael Jackson did (and does). In spite of Mr. Jackson's immense talent, he would never have accomplished what Sen. Kennedy did. Music soothes you. Good legislation changes your life. And Ted Kennedy was there to help make history ("Iconic Senator Eulogized as Defender of a Dream," Aug. 27).

No matter what you might think of Sen. Kennedy's personal life, you must never forget his 47 years of service to this country and his unfailing dedication to the "least among us," especially when it came to health care for all and championing the rights of minorities and the poor. His family believed that to whom much was given, much was expected. They truly lived those beliefs and continually paid the ultimate sacrifices in their dedication to public service. No one needs to be reminded that the Kennedy family's sacrifices to the common good are immeasurable.

In his eulogy to his brother, Sen. Kennedy said Bobby "saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it." I believe in my heart that Ted Kennedy embraced and continued to live the legacy of his brothers until he died. I hope somewhere in those "hallowed halls" someone will pick up his banner and continue the fight for those who cannot.

SHEILA FOLEY
Brookline

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