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Editorial: A plea for unity

One might have disagreed with John McCain politically, but it would be difficult to fault his patriotism, his service, and his dedication to the reality and the dreams of the United States of America. A posthumous statement released Monday by the senator’s family made points that all of us would do well to observe, for the ultimate benefit and health of our beloved nation. We reprint his plea for unity here.

My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for 60 years, and especially my fellow Arizonans, 

Thank you for the privilege of serving you and for the rewarding life of service in uniform and service in public office has allowed me to lead. I have tried to serve our country honorably. I have made mistakes, but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them.

I’ve often observed that I’m the luckiest person on earth. I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life. I’ve loved my life, all of it. I’ve had expe...

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