A few streets were still closed when I arrived downtown for my first day as People Newspapers’ editor. The dignitaries and television trucks were long gone, yet sadness and shock still remained.
I now find myself looking out towards Old Red where the scene unfolded, wondering what might happen next.
In the weeks following July 7, there have been endless calls for unity. Our leaders have spoken powerful words. Residents have shown overwhelming support for our police departments.
Yet just beneath the surface, tensions remain. Ideas accepted as truths by some are mocked and ridiculed by others. Divergent perspectives often blind us from seeing the greater picture. Sometimes the divide seems so large, it is hard to imagine us ever coming together.
The only thing we seem to agree on is that things have to get better. Let us hope that can be a starting point.