A specialist in diet and nutrition is a dietician; someone who works with numbers and math symbols is a mathematician; a person skilled in music is called a musician. Someone involved in the science of government (politics) is a politician. Lately there has been a trend to blemish the title of politician and demonize persons who hold political office. Certainly, there are plentiful examples of personalities being unfortunately, unduly influenced by the power and privilege of a political position but there is, inherently, nothing wrong or shameful about being a politician as long as principled guidelines and goals are followed. Being a politician can be a noble calling.
Cecil Andrus was the quintessential politician, and during his amazing and admirable years as a public servant he worked tirelessly and passionately for Idaho — its unique people and resources. No one. . . no one. . .can fault Andrus for his true commitment and brilliant career. He instinctively knew that education, economics and environment were interlinked and vital to Idaho’s well-being and future. He knew that government had the most essential role in promoting and coordinating the protection and enhancement of those values. He was bold, fair, visionary, articulate, approachable, honest, humble, savvy, respected.
Based on Andrus’ precedent and legacy, we must ask and expect more of our politicians. Our beloved Idaho deserves the politics of decency, diplomacy and decisions that benefit all Idahoans.