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People's trust needed to heal nation

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24.01.2021

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. ― what a relief it is to write those words ― was unstintingly candid in acknowledging the drastic circumstances that made his inauguration so unlike any other. His appeal for the necessary unity to overcome those shadows recalled John F. Kennedy's speech of 60 years ago.

Biden's summary was sobering. "We face an attack on our democracy and on truth," he said. "A raging virus, growing inequity, the sting of systemic racism, a climate in crisis. America's role in the world. Any one of these would be enough to challenge us in profound ways. But the fact is, we face them all at once."

So, once again, it is a time to ask, as Kennedy said, not what our country can do for us, but what we can do for our country.

This is what we can do. It begins with accepting Biden's promise to be the president for everyone, including those who did not vote for him. For him to heal our nation requires the trust of the people.

It means taking to heart that, as he put it, "We can see each other, not as adversaries, but as neighbors. We can treat each other with dignity and........

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