America lost a hero. It was as plain as that. The superlatives used could not outweigh our grief. A man among men, brave, smart, a husband, a father, the list goes on. A man, whose death made grown men weep unabashedly. A man whose greatness was apparent to all but one or two.

I am imploring all of you who spoke of his admirable traits, his ability to work across party lines to not let your tears go to waste. Please do not be disingenuous. Take the angst and grief you are feeling and turn it into a positive. I am calling on all peoples of all parties to "be more like John." Start small. Practice perhaps five of the traits that you admired most. You can do it! We can help. Why, because we are Americans and we have always been great. Sometimes we just need to refocus on what great really is.

Carole Cackowski

Newburgh