When a word comes to me and I decide to use it in my column, I look up the meaning of the word or words I hope will help tell the story. This past week I have watched the news sharing the horrible shooting and killing of some of our most loyal teachers and brightest students. I am so in awe of the students who have recounted their experiences throughout the ordeal. I have watched and listened as they pass on their thoughts of what happened and how they feel that our schools need a fresh look at what is continuing to happen over and over in various cities in our country. They have lived through the tragedy and are using their voices to make it clear that something needs to change and the time is now.
I have looked at Facebook and read some very serious thoughts on why we are continuing to face tragedy from weapons that kill our loved ones. Some say gun control is the answer. Others say if someone has the desire to destroy something or someone, they will find a way to do it. Others speak of the horrific drug usage as a major factor in the tragedies we face. There are no good answers to why someone decides to commit a crime. So far, the various laws have not prohibited a person from finding a weapon to do the crime. Our country has a major problem. A joint effort needs to begin
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I have seen and witnessed some major changes in my years as a child, teen, mother
When we went to school we respected our teachers and other students. We knew if we got into trouble, we got into worse trouble when we got home. Our parents stood up for us but they also listened to the teachers to find out the story of why we were in trouble.
When I was in junior high and high school, we began each day with the pledge to our flag. We shared a verse of scripture from the Bible and a prayer for the day. No one had to participate but everyone felt included. I graduated in 1962 and that was the last year we were allowed to pray or have devotions at the beginning of our school day. Maybe it is
I know folks will disagree with my words. That is OK. However, when we see disrespect for others by using disturbing language, protests that destroy cars, businesses and use beatings that almost kill, why is it acceptable? We have been given the right to protest which is fine but hurting others in the process is not. Have you noticed that the television programming has become more and more violent? Have you watched the sitcoms who have characters who degrade others and who do not show respect to
I was taught to respect the office of the president of the United States. I don’t always agree with the president of either party but respect the office he represents. I am saddened when our congressmen and congresswomen degrade our president and feel they misrepresent their office by doing so. All our senators and representatives are working for us. If they do not fulfill their representation of us, elect a person who will. I wish our representatives would put forth more energy working for the betterment of our country and less time fighting with each other.
As a mother and grandmother, I continue to worry about all children. I am concerned that the America I knew in my earlier years is disappearing. I know that nothing stays the same. We are asked to change with the times. However, when the changes are causing others to be disrespected and harmed is this the direction we want? It is time for reflection as to what we want America’s future to be for the next generation.
We are free to have various ideas and thoughts. We are free to express our feelings and that is why America is so special. Never fear to express your thoughts, ideas
I leave you with these thoughts for the day.
Children’s ears may be closed to
I am only one, but
If you judge people, you have no time to love them………Mother Teresa
We highly resolve that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom. And, that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth. —President Abraham Lincoln