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The Newtown Tragedy

Joel176 Wrote: Dec 16, 2012 11:47 AM
Hmmm, big differences between now and when I finished school in the 60s. In the 60s, I had no idea of the political leanings of any of my teachers. We had guns at school with ROTC when I learned how to shoot. We displayed the American Flag in all classroom. We all spoke English. We could carry pocket knives. We openly prayed and said the pledge, You could go to the corner store and buy a pack of smokes, and very few people swore like now. There was no self esteeme program and the vice principal had a paddle to take care of business. How much difference is there between then and now? Oh, kids shoot other kids now.

As the mother of five-year-old twins in a small town not too far from New York city, yesterday's events in Newtown hit close to home -- literally and figuratively.  It's hard to imagine the depths of shock, sorrow and anguish rippling throughout our community in the wake of yesterday's hideous crime.

It is a terrible, terrible thing to be reminded, once again, of how powerful, how senseless and how ugly the face of evil can seem.  It is terrible even to have to acknowledge that such evil exists in the world.  But it does, and there's no use in...