Bob Dole isn’t the only former Kansas senator whose recent appearances and advocacy, including as chief fundraiser for the Eisenhower Memorial, have been a reminder of how Congress used to be a place of fruitful compromise. Former Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker also has stirred nostalgia for a functioning Congress by appearing at events in Wichita and Salina and alongside Dole at the Kansas State Fair. Now 83 and retired to her Morris County farm, she told a Salina crowd of senior citizens on Tuesday that “the Senate was a different place when I served. We didn’t have the polarization we have today that I think so diminishes the legislative process. At the end of the day, one has to rise above those differences and look to the future.” When it comes to finding solutions, she also said, “there’s no Republican answer or a Democratic answer, but the best answer, and that’s not easy to accomplish. The answer lies in our communities and in an informed and caring citizenry.” – Rhonda Holman
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