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‘A true statesman’


Robyn Lemon Sellers January 25th, 2012

What a gift Gazette readers received with Andrew Rice’s “A senator’s parting thoughts” (Commentary, Jan. 11).

If there was any doubt about this public servant being a true statesman, one has only to read his commentary. Such wise words all of us can benefit from.

Both Andrew and Apple Rice’s (his wife) understanding of community service, and their ability to work productively with others from different backgrounds and perspectives, bring to my mind this quote read recently in a new book by another seasoned public servant, Bill Clinton, in “Back to Work:” “Our constitution was designed by people who were idealistic but not ideological. There’s a big difference. You can have a philosophy that tends to be liberal or conservative but still be open to evidence, experience, and argument.”

These two treasures will be missed, but Andrew and Apple Rice represent some of Oklahoma’s best, wherever they are.

Robyn Lemon Sellers
Oklahoma City

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