As I look out at another layer of snow falling on my yard, I know that under the ice and snow lie the emerging shoots of my daffodils, crocus and forsythia, just waiting to bring beauty back with the spring.

I feel that way with our new government as well. After the last four years of nearly suffocating layers of corruption, arrogance, hatred, partisanship and incivility we can now feel those layers melting and newly emerging signs of good government appearing. Just watching the confirmation hearings of Merrick Garland for Attorney General this morning gave me that same hope that things are changing in Washington and we can begin again to trust and honor our public servants. Despite the shameful way his nomination for the Supreme Court was delayed and derailed by Mitch McConnell and the Republicans, Merrick Garland held his head high and answered all the questions put before him this morning with candor and sensitivity. How refreshing!

I wish him an early confirmation and feel that he has the strength and integrity to bring our Justice Department back to its former prestige. As always, its mission should be to dispense impartial justice under the law. 

I'm encouraged by the high standard that this nomination represents and hope that our new president will choose other men and women of equal stature for the other open positions.

Judy Hughes

Blue Bell

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