Happy birthday, Sen. Dole

Today is the 89th birthday of Bob Dole, who represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate from 1969 until he resigned to be the GOP presidential nominee in 1996. Sixteen years later, Dole still stands out not only for the length of his service and his dedication to veterans but also for his ability to work extremely well with others in Washington, D.C., to get big things done. Dole once said he hoped that the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence would become a place “where conviction coexists with civility, and the clash of ideas is never confused with a holy war.” The state and country need more such places.