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Focus on recovery

| Monday, July 13, 2015, 9:00 p.m.

Ellen Condie's letter “Try Hribal as an adult” brings forth how the trauma at Franklin Regional affected the community of Murrysville. It was indeed an event catalyzing lingering trauma — as was Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the tornado that plummeted through my hometown on my 15th birthday that left dozens of my neighbors homeless in June 2008, and 9/11 on a national scale. However, do these events really last forever?

I remember New Orleans from my travels in college for its beautiful French architecture and streets lined with jazz, not for the shattered structures brought about by the devastating waves that hit a decade ago. My hometown thrives as if the tornado was a distant legend. And the Pentagon stands again as we commemorate our strength as a national community every September.

I commend the community of Murrysville for its strength and find greater value in this than in ranting condemnation of one fallen child to mental illness. Tragedies unavoidably happen around the world, and the beauty of human strength is recovering and pushing forward (with recovery being allotted to all).

Katherine Bunting

Manhattan, Kan.

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