Bob Dole is an excellent choice for the first bronze plaque along the new Kansas Walk of Honor in Topeka. During his long career in public service, the 88-year-old former U.S. senator from Russell and 1996 GOP presidential nominee was known not only for his blunt Kansas humor but for the sort of pragmatism and statesmanship that are all too rare in Washington, D.C., these days. Dole’s plaque will be unveiled at 10 a.m. Friday on the southeast corner of the Statehouse lawn. As many as three of the $2,000 plaques will be installed each year on the Kansas Walk of Honor, which, as Gov. Sam Brownback said, “will raise awareness of the accomplishments of Kansans and help begin a discussion about civic duty.”
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