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W. Hughes Brockbank died August 25!

Most Utahns probably won't remember that name. After all, an entire generation and more has come along since he made headlines as an influential Utah legislator – two terms in the Utah House of Representatives and four productive terms as a State Senator.

His passing, and the deaths of several other prominent former lawmakers in recent months, prompt KSL to reflect on the undeniable impact civic-minded citizens of past generations have had on the quality of life Utahns enjoy today.

KSL believes there are lessons to be gleaned from the days Senator Brockbank and his esteemed colleagues served on Capitol Hill, especially for those who occupy the revered seats today.

As always in politics, disagreement in Senator Brockbank's era was common. The debates were intense. But, they were accomplished with civility and without the rancor that surfaces far too often these days.

Senator Brockbank and his contemporaries had the collegial inclination to understand various points of view without the combative divisiveness of ideological extremism. They practiced the art of political compromise, knowing it would be for the common good.

In KSL's nostalgic view, Utah is a better place today because of lawmakers like W. Hughes Brockbank. If their successors could practice politics in a similar way, KSL believes today's citizenry would be better served.

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