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Letter: Let’s make compassion, empathy part of daily life

Let’s make compassion, empathy part of daily life

In the early hours of June 12, at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., our country suffered one of the worst atrocities since Sept. 11, 2001. We join with all who mourn the taking of precious lives. We grieve and pray for all those touched by this tragedy, particularly those closest to the victims.

We have witnessed and are uplifted by the outpouring of care and concern from people of all religions, races, cultures and sexual orientations. The vigils and prayer services throughout our Western New York community and across the globe reflect what we can be at our noblest and best. People of conscience join hands at times like these because they want to do something. And because they want answers, a path forward.

As the leaders of one of the region’s most recognized human relations organizations, we propose that the answer – the path forward – for each of us is to resolve to practice every day the compassion, empathy and concern for one another that we feel for Orlando’s victims today.

Lana D. Benatovich


John G. Horn

Board Chairman

National Federation for Just Communities of WNY