By Robert Joiner, Beacon staff
Among the tributes to former President John F. Kennedy on this 50th anniversary year of his assassination is a website that helps visitors connect the dots to show ways in which the flame of optimism lit by the young president still burns in our time. He was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, at age 46. Visitors are able to express their thoughts on the Kennedy legacy by sending tweets and uploading text, photos and videos to the website, called “An Idea Lives On.”
A product of the Kennedy Library Foundation, the website takes its name from a speech in which the late president said, “A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.” The foundation’s executive director, Tom McNaught, told the Associated Press, “You can’t stop trying to instill in young people the ideas he instilled in my generation.”
What became known as the Kennedy legacy involved accomplishments in four general areas.
By Nancy Fowler, Beacon arts reporter
Cindy Shuford of Washington, Ill., was at church Sunday when word came that a tornado was fast approaching. Taking cover in one of the building’s windowless rooms, Shuford first thought of her 22-year-old daughter, working the deli counter at Kroger.
“I just kept thinking of her, and I wanted to see her face,” Shuford said, in a telephone interview.
By Linda Lockhart, PIN analyst
The people have spoken, and for the most part, they are not happy. For many Americans, the recent government shutdown was just one more reason for them to be dissatisfied.
When the Beacon asked, through our Public Insight Network, for people to share how their personal experiences have shaped their views of government, only one had a “positive” view of government today. Black, white and Hispanic; young and old; male and female; Democrat, Libertarian and independent (no Republicans responded), all of the others expressed negative or mixed feelings about our government. (Their responses have been edited for length and clarity.)