The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up  Green editions icon Green editions

Calendar


HeraldNet Headlines
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.


Published: Friday, November 29, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
United States


Equality for all remains elusive

When I was young, maybe 10, I remember driving through Seattle with my parents on a chilly winter day. As a child you would assume I would remember the enormously tall buildings, Kingdome or the cloud piercing Space Needle. Instead, what I remember most was a family of three, including a child, huddling around a building's exhaust vent trying to stay warm.
In the beginning of our great country's history, we started with "equality." This idea of creating a government that balanced power between the separate branches and the People. Although in our day we struggled to give civil equality to all of our citizens, over time we have realized the advantage of including a greater spectrum of race, gender and sexual orientation. In the same instant we have seen a much greater disadvantage for the our people that are born into poverty.
I wonder if that child -- with his dirty coat, the pain in his eyes, the hunger screaming from his body -- if he feels he had an equal chance to achieve his dreams. Some people say "You just have to work hard" or "people are just looking for handouts." Would they say those same popular "catch phrases" to that boy who is burned into the fibers of my memory? We all have dreams of aspiring to be something great as a child, and sometimes our dreams are just that and for a few they come true. I wonder if that boy ever had a real and equal chance for his dreams to come true.
Joshua Wixson
Everett
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.

loading...

Herald Editorial Board

Jon Bauer, Opinion Editor: jbauer@heraldnet.com

Carol MacPherson, Editorial Writer: cmacpherson@heraldnet.com

Neal Pattison, Executive Editor: npattison@heraldnet.com

Josh O'Connor, Publisher: joconnor@heraldnet.com

Have your say

Feel strongly about something? Share it with the community by writing a letter to the editor. Send letters by e-mail to letters@heraldnet.com, by fax to 425-339-3458 or mail to The Herald - Letters, P.O. Box 930, Everett, WA 98206. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We'll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 250 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it. If your letter is published, please wait 30 days before submitting another. Have a question about letters? Contact Carol MacPherson at cmacpherson@heraldnet.com or 425-339-3472.

HeraldNet Classifieds