To all my friends in Southwest,

I am, as you are, saddened by the passing of Ron McBee. He was rightly known as “The Mayor of Southwest,” but of course he was more than that: an astute observer of the political process, one who saw the humor in the world around him, and most of all a good friend.

We must stop at a time like this and reflect on the importance of people like Ron in our own lives and in the community. We grow to expect that they will always be at our beck and call, willing to step in when others pull back. We must remember that they are vulnerable also and will not always take the steps needed to protect themselves. We are always at a loss as to when and how to intercede. There are no easy answers to this dilemma. We are facing the enormous void now that he is gone.

By: Meg Brinckman

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