We bid a sad farewell to Tom Lantos (D-CA). I live in Lantos' district, but I already had a lot of respect for him long before I moved to the Bay Area.
Lantos will be very, very hard to replace. The generation that experienced Nazi occupation and the Holocaust first-hand had a lot to offer the rest of us. Having fought in the Hungarian Resistance, Lantos could articulate the importance of politics, in just a few words, far better than most politicians in a hundred. That's only a small example, but in the midst of a campaign season, it's worth remembering.