Kansas lost a kind, conscientious lawmaker with the tragic death Sunday night of state Rep. Bob Bethell, R-Alden. Bethell, who died in a car accident on his way home after finishing the legislative session, was a valued voice and advocate for children, senior citizens and the disabled. "We lost a longtime champion for those who don't have a voice in the process," said Shannon Cotsoradis, president and CEO of Kansas Action for Children. Gov. Sam Brownback, who ordered flags across Kansas lowered, called Bethell "a man of deep faith and passion for his family and state." Bethell, a Baptist minister, also believed that the state can neither recklessly increase spending nor cut taxes irresponsibly. He was thoughtful and caring, and will be greatly missed.