There was news of a tragedy today, as former Rep. James Traficant was taken off a respirator and passed away after having been terribly injured earlier in the week. On Tuesday a tractor flipped over on him at his family’s farm near Youngstown, OH. You may remember Traficant as the Democratic representative who was expelled from Congress in 2002 after being convicted on federal bribery and racketeering. He had faced similar charges prior to his career in Congress (he had been Mahoning county sherrif), but overcame them, successfully defending himself even though he was not a lawyer. No matter what kind of man he was or which party he belonged to, it’s always a tragedy to hear of a life ending in an accident like this. I can only hope he was at peace with God and ready to go. Consolations and prayers for his family.