To The Daily Sun,
To those who are concerned ...
Hillary just gave a dignified concession speech wherein she wore purple ... and it appears she had others wear purple as well.
Purple, a color of mourning, as I am mourning ... as many are.
Or purple, a combination of the stability of blue (Democrats) and the fierce energy of red (Republicans).
When shall we come together? When shall we start speaking with gentle, calm, strength and evidence-based unity? In failing to do so, we miss enormous opportunity, and we create moral hazards. Think of every fear many felt Tuesday night and now.
People, not Republicans or Democrats, but people, Americans, adults.
There are important ideals which we all share, and to which we really should aspire ... if not for our ideological vanities, but for everyone's safety, and most importantly, for the future success and survival of our country, our children and our troops.
Let us sincerely hope that our new president sees the wisdom to truly bring people together, to value every individual, no matter what race, religion, country, skin color, gender, or political party; to create purple where all we see is the harsh and jagged divide between red and blue.
Our new president's acceptance speech was a start, which believe me is a hard thing to admit. I am a fierce fierce believer in my politics. But my father, Philip McLaughlin, taught me to be absolutely 100 percent committed to curiosity and action regarding how to make things better for all and community.
Let us lend our voices to creating a new color on the map — purple.
Emily F. McLaughlin
Portsmouth (formerly of Laconia)
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