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12/20/2012 9:16:00 AM
A new level of terror; enjoy family in this season

I absolutely can not believe I am sitting here writing about another school shooting. I am at a loss for words. This one is a little different to me than the other ones. Not to make light or take seriousness away from the other shootings, but this one really struck a chord. This monster decided to take his rage, his inferiority complex, his “the world owes me something” attitude, his evil, his hatred out on defenseless young children. We may never know his motive and quite frankly I don’t want to know. Somewhere in there, deep in there is justification to him. Somebody somewhere owed him something and he was going to take it out on someone. But who in their right mind (what am I saying?) would take it out on a young child, much less a school full. I just can’t imagine dropping your child off or waving goodbye to the bus for the last time. It makes me physically sick. Why are these shooters so damm selfish? Why is it all about them? Why do they insist on going out in a blaze of glory? Why couldn’t just once, they get help? Why do they insist on ruining other people (innocent people’s) lives? If your life is truly that bad, and I am sure they are, and you want to go out in a blaze, then why not canoe over Niagara Falls?  Why not jump off the Golden Gate Bridge? Why not try to jump over the Grand Canyon? No, they have to do something that is drenched in violence and creates a level of terror we hope to never see.

After an event like this, I find we look for an excuse or a reason for the despicable act. We try to tie it to the family, the upbringing, video games, movies. Is there something to that?  I think there is some level of truth to that. But, the more I hear about these acts, the more I begin to wonder if there is nothing that could have been done. I am beginning to think some people are just wired differently. That is the part that scares me. Because we are a society that loves to “fix” things. We love to find the problem, and work it out. But if these people (believe me I hate classifying them as people) are wired wrong, I just don’t know how we are going to fix things. There are two areas that I think could possibly help some families avoid such tragedies. Faith and family. Obviously there is a lack of faith in any and all of the shooters over the years. Family is also very important. By family I mean, a family that knows what each other is going through.  A family that genuinely cares for each other’s welfare.

Maybe it is easy for me to say this because of the wonderful family I came from, but really, it takes such little effort to make such a monumental difference in a child’s life. You may feel silly or stupid asking personal questions of your child. You may feel ridiculous talking about God to you child. But I tell you this, they won’t think it is ridiculous. Sure you may get the old eye roll once in a while, but believe me, it is seeping in. They are smarter than we give them credit for. Keep trying. Thank you to all the volunteers who have given their time in the search for Danielle Jelinek. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family. If you want to see a bunch of old sports legends (I can say old, because I am old too), please come to the Wildcat game on Friday night. It marks the 30th anniversary of the Wildcat (Trojan) basketball team making it to state. I was in school at the time (see I told you I was old), and these kids were local heroes. Everyone knew each of the players by name and position. We even rode a fan bus to Duluth with hundreds of other screaming kids. Well, as they say, they are getting the band back together.

A huge group of that team will be presented to the crowd on Friday night. You are invited to come out, re-live some old times, and watch some fantastic basketball. While Christmas is virtually right around the corner, I wanted to take this time to thank you for shopping locally. The support of the community for the business sector has beeen amazing. We have an unbelievable community. I wanted to take this time to wish your family a very merry Christmas. This has been a tumultous bunch of years for many people, but I truly feel we are on the mend. Take time to really enjoy your family this holiday season. Let’s remember the true meaning of Christmas.

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