"More importantly, have we become better, stronger, more just people in the last ten years? Has our villain made us more heroic? These are troubling questions if we examine them honestly. Living in the immediate vicinity of the WTC attacks, I saw bravery, heroism and compassion unlike anything I've ever seen before or since. The "post 9/11", "pre-war in Afghanistan" period was a very hopeful one for our country. The following years, however, have been less than hopeful. I don't have the heart to list our lowest moments from this decade but I think it's fair to say that we haven't always honored our fallen brothers and sisters. Going forward, I hope we can honor them by working together to build a kinder, more compassionate country with a transparent and honest political system at it's heart."