For Shawn’s 50th, his family had planned a weekend in Chicago. They were especially excited to take Shawn to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. The trip was to be a big surprise for him. As it turned out, there could be no trip to Chicago, but they all managed to get together anyway. And Shawn turned 50 anyway.
I’m Shawn Gannon. I’ve lived in Lexington for 15 years.
The American political climate has become caustic and divisive. Today the inequality in our country may seem impossible to resolve. The gap between us sometimes seems too far to bridge.
The ideal America is led by people who see the divide as surmountable through sacrifice and humility.
The ideal America doesn’t strive to conquer, it submits to its past and finds growth in forging a new way forward together.
The ideal America reconciles its debts with those who have paid with their lives in the name of freedom and equality.
The ideal America is strong because its people are citizens engaged in the building of communities with hopeful futures.
The ideal America does not remain beyond our reach.