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Editor:

Never a kind word!

Associated Press article, front page of The Post-Star, reads: “Ryan will leave busted budget!”Why couldn’t that headline be a more respectful: “Rep. Ryan takes leave of Congress!”

Congressman Ryan has devoted 19 years of his life to his country. His accomplishments are too numerous to mention here and yes, like all of us, he failed at times.

I read the article twice looking for some of the words he spoke on TV yesterday when announcing his retirement. He spoke, not of his past successes, but mostly of his failures to his young family. Speaker Ryan spoke of his absence from his family as a “weekend dad” since 1999. Paul’s three young children are now teenagers and he would like to enjoy the remaining time he will have with them and his wife Janna.

Our Constitution and Founding Fathers did not expect members of Congress to spend 40 years representing their people. They did their allotted time and vacated their office for others to follow with fresh ideas. Speaker Ryan did exactly this, and I am very proud of him and the Ryan family.

Joseph J. Henzel, South Glens Falls

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