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February 12, 2014

ROOT: The flickering light of hope

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A lot of questions – and no answers. My time on this rock is coming to a close and I am grateful for that. I love my family and I love my life. But I do not want to live in a world where a school full of children is a free-for-all with guns, bombs and mayhem.

Facebook is great for warning parents when there is trouble at a local school, but those warnings seem to be going out daily over the past week or so. We cannot continue on like this. We cannot continue to threaten our children in their schools and expect those children to grow into well-adjusted adults.

When I was a kid, school was a lousy place to be because I hate having to follow rules and I really hated being told what to do all the time. But I was a good student, so I found some solace in my good grades and succeeding at something I cared little about.

Never in my time in school would I have expected cafeteria personnel to take my lunch away from me, or that I would be shot at while I sat in class. It was unthinkable when I was a kid, but today it appears to be the norm.

You can blame the 24-hour news networks if you want, and they do bear much of the burden for glorifying violence and discord. What would happen if the 24-hours news media changed their mix of stories? What if 95 percent of the stories were about good people and good things, and only five percent were about violence and despair? I think that would be a huge step towards changing things.

What you see as news, I see as another indication that our society is rapidly crumbling around us. I am not normally this apocalyptic, but it is hard to ignore this stuff when I see it every day.

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