Dallas Morning News selects Laura W. Bush as 'Texan of the Year'

A Dallas newspaper over the weekend selected former first lady Laura Bush as "Texan of the Year," citing her decades-long work founding nonprofits and dedicating her time to various community service efforts.

"Looking across the Lone Star State and surveying the world at large, there is one person who stands out for her quiet ability to unify people behind a common vision, to focus public attention on what’s critical for our society, and to produce change without concern for who gets credit," The Dallas Morning News editorial board wrote in an article published on Sunday.

"In a divided world, her graceful style has helped our country move forward on critical issues and enabled her to leave a lasting mark not only in the past year but over a lifetime of work," they wrote. "Her name is Laura W. Bush, and she is the 2018 Texan of the Year."

Bush, who is married to former President George W. Bush, works with the George W. Bush Presidential Center, where she seeks to provide funding and resources to libraries across the country.

The Dallas Morning News editorial cited Bush's widely read op-ed published in June, in which she tore into the Trump administration for separating migrant families at the border. She called the “zero tolerance” policy that resulted in the separation of more than 2,000 migrant children from their parents “cruel” and “immoral.”

"In the column, she offered a plain message that regardless of what our immigration policies are, separating children from their parents does not reflect our nation’s core values," the editorial board wrote. "Her decision to weigh in shifted a raging debate almost as soon as the piece went public."

The editorial board detailed Bush's work this year, saying "her efforts ... repaired communities devastated by wildfires and hurricanes, developed critical lines of medical research, preserved the environment, and helped forge new leaders who will drive civic change in Texas, in the United States, and in countries with a stark need for sensible and farsighted change agents."

The piece noted that Bush has founded or co-founded "at least a half-dozen nonprofits and other initiatives that continue to improve our world."

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