Take a look at the above link. It’s from Paul Burka’s blog on Texas Monthly magazine.
It deals with this week’s death of former state Sen. Teel Bivins. What’s at least as fascinating as the notation from Burka about a man he knew well are the responses and comments from those who have read it.
Bivins made a huge mark on many folks throughout the state. His imprint was felt far beyond the Panhandle, where he grew up, came of age and returned to carry on his family’s lucrative business. Then he went a huge step farther by entering the world of partisan politics. He won the state Senate seat in 1988 and became a big-time player in state government.
Bivins no doubt stepped on some toes along the way. But it’s interesting that the reaction so far to the sad news of his passing, at least on one blog, is so positive and downright affectionate.