Let’s not talk about civility in America any more. Civility can be too divisive. It leaves important issues unaddressed and boiling just under the surface. Let’s talk about love. Love moves us forward and gives us purpose. As Cornel West, a professor at Harvard and professor emeritus at Princeton, has said, “Justice is what love looks like in public.”

Love is what Ken McCord gave when a young man was shot on his street in Rockford on July 29. McCord tried to save the man’s life, the life of a stranger. He administered CPR and, in the end, held him as he stopped breathing so he didn’t have to leave the world alone. From love, springs bravery and compassion and doing the right thing.

In these times of difficulty and division, when it seems like we have lost our way as a nation, let us all act as Ken McCord did, with selfless love for humanity.

— Paula Coulahan, Rockford