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Letter: Jonathan Madison’s column: ‘The American divide’
February 07, 2017, 05:00 AM Letter


Jonathan Madison’s Jan. 31 column “The American divide” is important and timely. In this gem of a column, Madison compares the energy and passion within our country to the workings of a classic symphony orchestra, which makes beautiful and inspiring music when every component of the orchestra is playing together.

In contrast, if each musician does not understand that he or she is part of a larger concert, the result is chaos. Madison extends this analogy to our country today.

As Americans, privileged to live in a democracy, we have the opportunity to move forward each day if we will take the time to listen to each other and work through our differences with justice and honesty.

Madison said: “Our nation’s harmony resonates when we choose unity over division, embrace collective optimism over personal cynicism, value differing opinions and, most importantly, when we listen to the concerns of others rather than tuning them out completely.”

May we create a beautiful symphony and together make the American dream come true for ourselves and all the world around us.

Michael Traynor




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