Words cannot begin to express the deep sadness that not only I and my family but the entire country feels at the devastatingly sad news of Sen. Miriam's passing. Our beacon of wisdom, intelligence and ever-present humour and good sense has flickered out. She leaves the world less wise, less bright and sadder. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad, sad time. We take solace knowing that now there will be fewer tears in heaven.