Fitting tribute for a fine lawmaker

A renovated track at Lewiston High School has been named for Bruce Sweeney, one of the genuine good guys in Idaho politics. The track also will carry his wife Marilyn's name.

I covered Sweeney for a dozen of the 20 years he served in the Legislature. He was Senate Democratic Leader when the minority party had larger numbers and more influence. Sweeney was the best of the breed: kind, careful, curious, fair, thoughtful and honest.

I learned this week from KLEW-TV in Lewiston that Sweeney, 77, has terminal bone cancer. Sweeney was a track star at the University of Idaho. His love of the sport prompted him to give $50,000 for improvements to the track.

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Sweeney was a hurdler who won the 1953 Pacific Coast Conference Northern Division titles in the high and low hurdles. My daughter runs both hurdles at Borah. I hope one day she gets to cross the finish line on Sweeney's track.