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Archive for Saturday, February 21, 2009

Giving back

He now makes his home in Washington, D.C., but Bob Dole hasn’t forgotten his Kansas roots.

February 21, 2009

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Former Sen. Bob Dole continues to contribute to his home state in many ways.

Among the latest gifts, announced this week, was $150,000 to support spinal research at Kansas University Hospital and the KU Medical Center. Talking about the gift, Dole said he believed that those who had gone up life’s ladder should reach back and help others make the climb. Having suffered spinal cord and other injuries in World War II, Dole is grateful for the help he received during his recovery and wants to lend a hand to others.

Dole noted that he had donated to other causes across the state including the Washburn University law school, from which he graduated, and the medical center in Hays. Lawrence residents, however, get to enjoy perhaps the senator’s greatest gift: the papers and artifacts now housed at the Dole Institute of Politics. More than a museum, the Dole Institute — at Dole’s behest — strives to be a focal point for civil, bipartisan political discourse, a commodity that has been sadly lacking in today’s society.

Bob Dole is a favorite son of Kansas. It’s wonderful to see that affection and respect returned on a regular basis.

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