On reading of his death, I offer condolences to Brooke Hopkins' family and friends. Although I did not know the man, I feel as though I have been brought into his living room over these past years as a reader of The Tribune.
I have found myself wondering how it is that I know his story so well. To be sure, his was an inspirational story worth telling. He was a phenomenal teacher who had a lasting impact on all those he touched. His story also came to us because he was a man of great privilege, a man who apparently had the best health care money can buy.
I am hoping that his death may give us pause to consider the many who are less fortunate who have suffered similar grave injuries. These are the stories that hold up a mirror for us as a society and are crucial stories for The Tribune to tell.
I hope we can move toward making sure all in our community receive the best health care money can buy, or at least to providing basic health care to all of our citizens. This would be truly humane and inspirational.
Salt Lake City