Supposing the first two sentences of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address had read like this?
“Four score and seven _________ our
______________forth____________ on ____________,
a new _________ in
Liberty, and dedicated to the
_______________. Now we are
________ in a great _______,
____________that nation, or any
nation_________, can long _________.”
With such gaps, the Gettysburg Address would never have become one of the most enduring and beloved axioms in human history.
The damage done to the Gettysburg Address by the above omissions is analogous to the damage done to a region when there are major gaps in its network of trains and buses. There is no better way to illustrate the dismal effect on Bay Area travelers and public mobility of such gaps than by simply listing them: Continue reading