To the Editor: Other than the loss of family and friends, Jan. 6, 2021 was one of the two saddest days of my life. The first was 11/22/1963, when as a 9-year-old, I saw President John F. Kennedy killed by an assassin.
Then, as Christians around the world celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany, we all witnessed an angry mob violently storm our nation's Capitol, many waving Confederate flags. In a July 2017 letter, I wrote that the election of such a repugnant, vile person as Donald Trump to our highest office "is a stain on America's soul. He is a stark reminder of our nation's original sin, racism, and its endurance to the present day. It saddens me beyond words that someone like Mr. Trump was able to garner the support of over 60 million Americans, even though they knew all of (his) shortcomings. And, what breaks my heart is that this stain is indelible and our standing in the world has been permanently diminished. America can no longer call itself the world's moral leader, we can no longer claim to be a nation of values and we can never go back to a time when a messenger like Donald Trump was unable to muster the support of enough Americans to become its president."