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Voice of the People

Dec. 23, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Sandy Hook tragedy must evoke change

Forget the Mayan calendar. The Sandy Hook tragedy has changed our world as we know it.

I have two 6-year-old grandsons. As the grandmother, and, along with their parents, we used to fear the day that they would get their driver's license. Now, we no longer want them to go to a movie, a mall or to school. Something has to be done, now!

Every school in every town and city in every state has got to do more to protect all of our children.

It took the 9/11 tragedy to up airport security. This horrific crime at Sandy Hook should be more than enough to do something about protecting our most valuable resources, our children.

Judy Hines


Time to stand up to gun lobby, NRA

Enough is enough! We as a nation need to wrest the control that the NRA has over this nation and its politicians and demand that all of the people who represent us on a statewide and national level enact laws that protect innocent adults and children from the senseless violence perpetrated by a gun lobby that allows people to purchase assault weapons with no limitations. Instead of listening to the NRA and its lobby, we need to listen to our hearts and our minds and the voices of those who have been taken from us too soon.

We consider ourselves to be a civilized nation, but the increasing frequency of random gun violence in this nation is changing the nature, hearts and safety of all of us who reside here. Other nations are appalled by this epidemic, as we all should be.

Please, those who are in power, take action instead of merely talking about taking action. Those people who have been senselessly murdered, maimed and forever traumatized deserve nothing less.

Sarah Skeen



Focus should be on mental health

There is a big problem in our country, and it is time to wake up and stop the killing of each other. Now we have the shooting of innocent children who never had a chance to grow up and light the faces of their parents.

This catastrophe is bigger than all events currently happening around the world. We must encourage psychiatric treatment for individuals with mental disorders and keep them away from purchasing or going near guns.

Some use minor physical ailments as the excuse for a chat which may allude to underlying psychological problems, some mild and some severe, as the feeling of near suicidal problems that should be taken seriously because it leads to the attitude they don't care about living or dying.

All these shootings are happening because these individuals had or have several mental disorders and nothing was ever done to correct them.

We should all pray for children who are in heaven with God, who makes His sun to rise upon the good and bad.

Robert Garcia




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