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In praise of compromise and civility

President Obama speaks at the memorial service for Tom Foley.

WASHINGTON – In a service that contrasted the state of today’s Congress with the House Tom Foley left nearly two decades ago, past and current leaders extolled the former Spokane speaker’s ability to see another person’s point of view, compromise and get things done.

Republicans as well as Democrats praised the late congressman and ambassador, repeating stories he shared or advice he gave about honoring public service. And one leader who acknowledged he didn’t know Foley personally but admired his reputation said it was time to emulate him.

“Now, more than ever, America needs public servants who are willing to place problem-solving ahead of politics,” President Barack Obama said.

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Dicks to Senate: Work together

OLYMPIA — The Senate began its day with a resolution honoring former U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, with a string of legislators telling stories of how the long-term congressman helped them with a project an issue or a campaign.

Dicks, who retired last year after 36 years in the House, took the rostrum and, with a voice that sometimes broke, offered them a bit of advice.

“It is so important, both in Washington, D.C., and here in Olympia, that we work together…in the best interests of the people of the state.”

The elections are over, he said, and it's time to prove “good people can work together to get things done for Washington state.” 

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