Bill Swan was a man for whom our community should be thankful. His countless hours of work for Catholic Charities (and other charities), Saint Gregory the Great Church, Saint Bonaventure University and local financial institutions puts many of us to shame. His legacy will speak for itself. But may this tragedy also speak to us.
May we, as a society, not be so quick to condemn a member of our community. May we, as individuals, also recognize the importance of a word of encouragement to an embattled friend. My prayer is that this terrible tragedy will produce benefit -- although it is bittersweet.
FERDINAND D. YATES JR., M.D.