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Many still believe

Dear Editor:

I had the remarkable good fortune to be in the crowd at Invesco Field when Barack Obama offered his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention. I was way, way up in the nosebleed seats, but there nonetheless on that perfect Colorado afternoon and evening.

I spent a lot of time on that sunny day inside my own head. I found myself thinking about the mess the world is in; thinking about my Colorado pride when I knew the world was watching and listening to Gov. Ritter and our Western Slope congressman, John Salazar; thinking about my children who have shown me this election cycle that they were listening when I was trying to instill important values, American values; thinking what it must have been like when Barack and Michelle huddled up to talk about whether they would take the risk; thinking about whether any of the parents or siblings of Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner, the murdered civil rights workers, were watching. Of course they were.

And rather remarkably, I only cried twice. The first time was when Martin Luther King’s daughter introduced Martin Luther King’s son. We’ve encountered a variety of political dynasties in U.S. history, some we think more highly of than others. This one seemed so inspirational to me it brought tears.

The second time I cried was when Sen. Obama said, “America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this.” I believe that wholeheartedly, and I thank the Lord that there seem to be so many others who believe it, too, and that so many Americans, despite the calamitous state of our nation and the world, can still believe in the audacity of hope.

Brenda Stern

Basalt


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