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Opinion: Remember how united we were 20 years ago?

Today we are more divided than at any time since the Civil War. It’s time to stop talking and start listening.

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Stock traders in New York hold a sign saying, “God Bless America” after the attacks of 9/11.

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange hold up a sign reading “God Bless America! Please Pray for U.S.” during a moment of silence on Monday, Sept. 17, 2001, in New York. “God Bless America” was sung before the opening bell rang, reopening the NYSE for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Beth Keiser, Associated Press

As the sun set on the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 11, 2001, members of Congress could be heard singing “God Bless America”. They were not Republicans or Democrats, they were simply Americans.

Here we are, 20 years later, with a country that has not been this divided since the Civil War.         

Maybe it’s time to stop talking and truly listen for a change.   

Bill Owens