There is so much good in the people we live with and about the place where we live. We have the duty to bear witness.

What we do, the way we proceed from the heartbreaking tragedy in North Charleston, may ensure that while a precious life was lost, its light was not extinguished.

It can still illuminate the way forward for those from New York City to Ferguson, Mo., to Albuquerque to Los Angeles and beyond, toward the value of human life, the dignity of humanity and faith in humankind.

Don Thompson

Capt. John Hutt Road

Goat Island