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State senator says thanks

Dear Editor:Politics can be a bumpy road. Its ups and downs sometimes leave you wondering how much longer you want to stay in the game. What has kept me going for the more than 38 years that I have spent in public office is the people I have met along the way. That is why I want to thank the many fine folks I have had the privilege of serving, and working with, in that time. Some of them have been fellow elected officeholders, as well as staff members in state and local government agencies. Their expertise on a whole host of issues has helped me make better policies for our great state. Many of the people I have met in my years in office also have been devoted friends who have helped me campaign each time I stood for election or re-election. They are people who gave their time, effort and resources on my behalf because they believed in the work I was doing, and they trusted me to do it right. Of course, there also were countless constituents whom I have met, especially in the valley that I have always called home and where I have made my living as a farmer. These are the friends and neighbors who regularly let me know what our region needed most and what ought to be done about it. I have tried my best to heed their advice. People tend to think of politics as a rough game, and it is. Just look at the battle I fought – and almost won – on the campaign trail this year. Politics is definitely a winner-take-all proposition, and some people who play the game will stop at nothing to win.I am proud to say that I am walking away with my principles intact. I was able to do that because I was inspired by the people who believed in me and supported me. I have had the great fortune of being able to spend a big part of my life trying to improve public policy for the people I know and really, truly care about. Once again, thank you.State Sen. Lewis H. EntzHooper