The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Letters

December 21, 2012

How to respond

The terrible events of last week at Sandy Hook school have, in a strange way, united us as a nation. Granted, we still see things from our particular perspective. Gun control supporters may see this event as ammunition for their cause. Pro-lifers will marvel at the fact that we can grieve, as we should, over 20 innocent children being killed, yet ignore the fact that thousands are killed before they are born; or that the president can so sincerely and eloquently lament the loss of these beautiful children, yet fail to see the contradiction with some of his policies.

Nevertheless, while government and society must grapple with many issues over the next weeks in an effort to lessen the likelihood of another massacre, we as individuals don't have to wait. There are two things we can do right now, and they're not even controversial. First, we all know people who are troubled, or different, or who don't fit in. We need to reach out to these persons, to respect them and be kind to them, and if appropriate, to guide them to get help. Second, we need to let the people in our lives know and experience that they are loved. We humans need this affirmation just as we need food and water. Without it our spirits are distorted. Loving people creates loving people. Indifference, unkindness, or cruelty may create another shooter.

Ellen Matragrano,

Danville

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