The words to describe what happened in Orlando sound like a thesaurus: horrific, tragic, heartbreaking, sad, divisive, and hateful.
As we work through this as a country, we need to remember a couple of things: People are just people and hate is hate.
Mr. Rogers once said,
One Arkansan personified Mr. Rogers' words.
Chris Hansen supported a victim's head as he and others urgently carried an injured person to the level-one trauma center down the street from The Pulse Nightclub. But he went beyond that.
His multiple appearances on several networks helped all of us understand the gravity of what happened in Orlando and his accounts will no doubt assist in the investigation.
Hansen's actions and the actions of countless others sound like a thesaurus, too: brave, calm, helpful, selfless, informative.
In the face of tragedy, we should all hope that these words will be spoken about us, and I'm proud to say an Arkansan went so far to help his fellow human being.
Because such a tragic event can bring out people's true humanity.
Normally, at the end of our editorials, we use the signature line: "that makes this A Better Region 8."
But I think it's more important to sign out this one by simply saying that we need to pray for all those involved; for the victims and their families; for law enforcement, who have the overwhelming job of sorting through all this; and, most of all, for our country.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager
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