To the editor:

I was spending a Sunday afternoon reading the book “The President is Missing” by James Patterson and Bill Clinton, (Little, Brown Company/Alfred A. Knopf), and came across a very interesting passage that I feel is very relevant for today. I would like to share this passage for your reflection.

“Today the changes are happening so fast, in an environment so covered in a blizzard of information and misinformation, that our very identities are being challenged.

“What does it mean to be an American today? It’s a question that will answer itself if we get back to what’s brought us this far: widening the circle of opportunity, deepening the meaning of freedom, and strengthening bonds of community. Shrinking the definition of them and expanding the definition of us. Leaving no one behind, left out, looked down on.

“We must get back to that mission. And to do it with both energy and humility, knowing that our time is fleeting and our power is not an end in itself but a means to achieve more noble and necessary ends.

“The American dream works when our common humanity matters more than our interesting differences and when together they create endless possibilities.” (P. 663-664)

This is the America I hope for.

— Sherman Leatherberry

Ripon

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