Letter: Tom Foley worked for good of all while in Congress

November 2, 2013 

Foley remembered

Former Speaker Tom Foley was one of the finest and most thoughtful public servants that I ever had the privilege of knowing. It is very fitting that testimonials upon his death have noted his commitment to serving all the people and working for the good of all as speaker of the the House--the entire House.

My most memorable memory of Congressman Foley was when he led the entire delegations of Washington and Oregon to learn the then-classified reasons for the 1949 Hanford Green Run so that he could tell the public that its purpose dealt with detecting Soviet plutonium production, not human experimentation. Thank goodness Foley had the credibility and stature with the public, and the vast majority of people accepted his explanation.

In this time of extreme partisanship in Congress, I can only hope that his death can remind our elected officials of how Congress can and should be run.

MIKE LAWRENCE, West Richland

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