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January 2, 2013

The hope of 2013 is alive and well

(Continued)

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — If I had a message of hope for 2013, it would be that we need to focus on the positive and devalue the negative. When someone shoots innocent people in a movie theater, we need to focus on the victims and ignore the shooter. We need to care about the innocent people that have had their lives permanently altered just because they went to the movies and let the perpetrator rot in hell. That goes for every single one of the perpetrators. I don’t care what their names are and I don’t want to hear their life stories. I care about the victims and I care about stopping the flow of tragedy in our country. You should care about it as well.

As you read this, you may want to reach out and hug the people that you care most about. If we do not change the way things are going, then those people may not be there tomorrow. If you don’t think it can happen to you and those you love, then you may want to talk to the countless victims of senseless violent crime in this country.

There used to be a taboo associated with violent crime that prevented most people from going over the edge. That taboo seems to have disappeared. We need to bring it back and give violent crime the stigma it deserves.

I’m sorry, this is pretty depressing. I cannot help it. Let’s face it; 2012 did not exactly end with butterflies and rainbows. But that does not mean that 2013 needs to start off on a bad note. I guess I am appealing to everyone to take the personal initiative to make their own slice of the world a better place. If we pay more attention to our kids and take more responsibility for the challenges in our own lives, then the world becomes a better place.

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