Silence Is Golden

SOMEWHERE IN THAT LARGEST OF editions of the Platonic Dictionary, next to the definition of "political wife," there is probably a small photograph of Opal Warren Yarborough, the gracious widow of former U.S. senator Ralph Yarborough, Texas' legendary liberal politician. Opal, who passed away in November at age 99, worked quietly at her husband's side for decades, even though she had told Ralph early on, "I won't marry a man in politics."

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