Letter to the Editor Jan. 25, 2009Written by Administrator | | email@example.com
Reflections on Inauguration Day
As the 44th president of the United States takes office, we face crises in foreign, domestic and economic matters. Our international reputation has been battered. Our faith in government has been dashed. Our treasury has been mortgaged. Our personal wallets have been emptied. Our collective soul has been ravaged. Our belief in the future has been dimmed.
Through it all, we have but one clear salvation: Our hope for a better tomorrow.
The election of Barack Obama is a clear sign that we as a people can see a better future. To have a black American take the reins of power is a testament to our ability to create a more equitable and just society, albeit just one milestone in our long-shared journey.
We have tremendous challenges ahead on so many fronts that it blurs our ability to see the solutions that will lead to better days. While a bipartisan approach to solving our problems is needed, we must still remember that an open mind is essential, and civil debate is paramount. Let us recognize as we debate our future and fight for our beliefs, that we must find compromise that shares the burdens and sacrifices. If we are to have a brighter future and re-make America, no longer can we allow our differences to stop debate and create hatred and distrust.
The energy and enthusiasm that comes from the greatest transfer of power in the history of the world, the beginning of a new presidency, must be harnessed to focus us on common ground and create the framework for a renaissance of the American nation.
We all share in the responsibility and must remember that our president is but one man. Certainly he is very important as we move forward, but he will surely fail if we don’t work hard to create better futures in our own homes and communities.
STEVEN FLAGG, Toledo
A limerick perspective on an historical day
There once was a man called Obama
A political phenomenoma.
His cry, “Yes We Can”
Rang out ’cross the land
Brightening our national panorama.
MICHAEL McARTHUR, Toledo