A letter by John Washko of Johnstown, “The world needs more heroes like McCain,” has been selected by the editorial board as the best of those that appeared during the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1.

His letter was published Aug. 31.

He began his letter by remembering John McCain, one of the true profiles in courage, who had passed.

Washko wrote, “Everyone should admire his bravery when, at the height of the Vietnam War, he was captured and taken prisoner for some 51/2 years and endured beatings and torture at the hands of his captors.

“McCain’s values were never compromised as he was an advocate for human rights and served as chairman of the armed services committee. He wasn’t afraid to reach across the aisle in his years as a senator to join forces with his Democratic counterparts if he thought that the cause would make a better America.”

He looked at McCain’s life and that of the president, Donald Trump.

Washko continued with, “Trump received numerous deferments from serving in the military, some for dubious reasons, such as bone spurs. Trump never has a kind word for any member of the opposition party, calling them numerous degrading names.”

In conclusion, he wrote, “This world needs more heroes the likes of McCain, who embodied the qualities of humility, compromise, sacrifice and the love of others. We should all reject egotism, deceit and hate at any level.”

Note: Selection of the letter of the week is based on writing competency and the ability of the writer to get his or her point across. It is not based on whether the editorial board agrees with the writer’s stance.

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