The second event is much more difficult to reflect on. Senator Gary Kubly passed away on Friday, March 2, after suffering from ALS. Gary was first diagnosed in summer 2010 and lived his final years with grace and dignity. I knew Gary from my work at the library and personally. He was an inspiration to me. He was a politician who represented all his constituents. He was an advocate for rural issues and was easy to talk. The Capital was a better place with his presence and he will be missed. I will miss his common sense and down-to-earth attitude, but mostly I will miss him because he was just one of the good guys. My prayers to his family.