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Achieve the spectacular

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What is it that we see when we are away from home, whether at work or engaged in recreational activities? Do we see inspired individuals and communities? Are we able to recognize the positive character traits of common sense and wisdom being present in the fabric of our society? Are our children inspired? Are teenagers (especially in large, urban areas) filled with healthy and creative energy because of the positive role models found in their homes, schools and local neighborhoods? Does the news on television and the Web inspire us to become better citizens? Are elected governmental representatives behaving in an inspirational manner on a daily basis? Do most of us feel an obligation to try and make our evolving society and the world as a whole a better place to live, especially for the children of today? When a majority of Americans can say yes to all of the questions above, we will have achieved something truly spectacular. And then, perhaps, we will be able to share our newly invigorating culture with other interested countries around the globe for the benefit of humanity in general. Ray Gattavara, Auburn, Wash.