Your View: Don’t fight about a friendly greeting
Every year it is as predictable as Santa, sugar cookies and milk. The great debate over how to wish someone well in December. Do you say Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas or Merry Yule? Let’s not forget the debate over X-Mas signs that pops its head out every year, too.
I think sometimes the intent of it all is lost in the battle over words. It is a time of year when we should be sharing, loving and wishing well family, friends and strangers on the street. I fail to see the love in arguing over how to wish someone well. It is more important that you bless people with love and joy than how you go about saying it.
The same goes for replying to these greetings. If someone wishes you a “Merry Christmas” but you celebrate Yule or another Winter holiday, accept it as a blessing. They are wishing you well. Respond in kind. Don’t let it upset you. If someone wishes you a “Happy Holidays,” don’t lose sight of loving others because they did not say “Merry Christmas.” Come on people, let’s just love one another and spread kindness.
Restrict guns designed to kill many
I am disgusted with the empty platitudes of people expressing sorrow over the massacre in Connecticut but stating there is nothing that could be done to prevent it. This all boils down to the assault rifle that the killer used. Assault rifles and semi-automatic pistols with enlarged magazines are made only to kill lots of people. Hunters do not use these weapons.
Those guns were legally bought by the killer’s mother, and she probably would never have harmed anyone. But these were stolen and used in the massacre. That is the problem with these legal guns. Some of the dead children were shot 11 times. Of course, mental illness has played a role in all these mass killings. But the mentally ill can steal these legal weapons and use them for heinous purposes.
No one needs to own an assault rifle or semi-automatic pistols or enlarged magazines. We would not allow a person to own sarin gas canisters just because he wanted to.
Most people respect the Second Amendment, but all of our rights have limits. We need a nationwide ban on the sale of these weapons.
It is no longer enough to throw up our hands and walk away. We need congressmen and senators who have the backbone to say “No” to the NRA and the gun nuts.
Where are good people to combat this evil?
The events of Friday, Dec. 14, in Newtown, Conn., are shocking but not surprising. We have seen them occur too many times in too many places; the innocence and the evil, in juxtaposition warring each against the other in some sort of bizarre attempt at total annihilation.
My concern is that evil’s momentum is growing unrestrained by the forces for good. What is good? Where are the good? We have lost our way and sense of what our world is becoming. The evil fruit is flowering in every garden; how and when were the seeds first sown?
LARRY L. LAWSON
YOUR VIEW POLLS
Our nation grieves again in the wake of a terrible tragedy. What is your reaction to the shootings in Newtown, Conn.? Sound off about any aspect of this horrific incident. In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email us your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is one response:
• We grieve for innocent victims and troubled young man who pulled trigger. Addressing causes of anger behind heinous behavior is more important than controlling weapons employed by people suffering the anger.
Does the latest proposal for a “fiscal cliff” solution make any sense? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email us your thoughts to email@example.com.