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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Media attention abets shooters seeking fame
The recent shooting at the New River Valley Mall demonstrates one of the prime motivations for young male social misfits: a desperate quest for attention -- in this case, amply rewarded by a three-page spread in The Roanoke Times.
The news media need to examine their role in the well-documented contagion factor in which each of these episodes contributes to the next vulnerable male picking up his gun to achieve lasting, dubious fame.
Let's be smart about early learning
Smart Beginnings invites all citizens in Southwest Virginia to come together during this week's national Week of the Young Child. As part of this annual recognition across the country, we are honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children's lives.
All young children need and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for success in school and in life. The Week of the Young Child is a time for Southwest Virginia to recognize that the early years are learning years for our youngest citizens.
Today's young children are tomorrow's workforce, decision-makers and leaders. They need and deserve the best foundation we can give them. The quality of their lives and the future economic prosperity of Southwest Virginia depend on it.
Please take a moment to learn more about your local Smart Beginnings coalition (smartbeginnings.org), and join us as we reflect upon how our communities might better meet the needs of all young children and their families.
Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke
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