The articles on the passing of former N.T. Mayor and State Assemblywoman Betty Hoffman seem to hark back to a time when maybe politics wasn't quite the bloodsport it has become today. Maybe it's a little naive, but wasn't there a time when you could run rough and tumble and at times even dirty campaigns but then put that aside and govern? Today, we are in the perpetual campaign cycle, which I don't think is at all a healthy thing.
How nice it was to hear people refer to her as a non-partisan mayor. Is there anyone today in a local leadership role that you could call non-partisan in their approach to governing? Certainly no one comes to mind immediately.