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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Too quick to turn tragedy into debate
It made me sick Friday when not even an hour had passed before people started posting opinions on gun restriction rather than sending prayers to the families of the victims and shooter ("Student charged in shooting 2 at mall," April 13 news story). What happened to trying to comfort one another instead of pointing fingers at ideals and inanimate objects?
When did a piece of metal become more important than our neighbors? How come it's always in hindsight we ask ourselves, "Why didn't I just ask them how they were feeling?"
We're starting to become an isolated society. I'm not blaming technology. Technology is spiffy. It has to do with the way we treat friends when we're with them. When was the last time you asked a friend, in person, how he was feeling before pulling out your cellphone to scroll through Facebook?
If more people cared about neighbors, maybe we wouldn't turn on the news to some tragedy about a kid who obviously needed help. We shouldn't blame guns, video games or our president. Let's take a step back and re-evaluate ourselves, maybe put down our phones and talk to the person sitting next to us. It just might save someone.
Carson's diligence is a boon for Roanoke
David Carson is an amazing citizen. As chairman of the Roanoke City School Board, he and Superintendent Rita Bishop have accomplished remarkable achievements for students and the entire school system.
For several years, Murphy's Law seemed absolutely rampant. Carson and Bishop handled every hurdle with beneficial solutions for everyone. As a former teacher, it pleases me to see such dedication to improving our public education.
Surely Carson's diligence in this position has been at great sacrifice to his supportive family and monetary sacrifice in his law practice.
Now Carson takes on another lofty position as a circuit court judge, again to contribute to the betterment of our city. My prayers and good wishes go with this outstanding citizen.
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