December 27, 2012 Issue


God have mercy on us as a nation

Dear Editor:

This week, I was going to give mine, and others opinion on the tragedy that occurred to Susan Rice, but evil struck again in America. Another evil person with access to weapons, took not only some adult lives, but 20 young children as well. It saddens me, and I, like others across America stayed glued to the television most of the day. To those that were struck down, all of America grieves with their loved ones. Our hearts and prayers go out to, and for them.

Here is how Governor Malloy of Connecticut described it:“Evil visited this community today and it’s too early to speak of recovery, but each parent, each sibling, each member of the family has to understand that Connecticut, we’re all in this together, we’ll do whatever we can to get over this event.”



The really sad part to this is: There’s some evil person somewhere in the world who’s thinking he can to do something even worse. I wish I could say to hell with the Second Amendment, but I can’t. To be honest, we the people will never pressure our congressmen/women to change the law, and even if they did, the killing would continue. I may be wrong, and I pray to God that I am, pray tell me somebody, how can we as civilized people stop the evil ones? No one deserves to die this way, no one, especially not small children.

I watched the compassionate speech that President Obama gave yesterday, and he wasn’t the only one with tears flowing. As the father of two girls, he would be devastated to lose one or both that way. As a parent myself, it would rip my heart out to lose one of my children to death, of any kind.

To those of you that didn’t get to see or hear the speech the President gave, here is his weekly address to the nation of what happened:

“On Friday, we learned that more than two dozen people were killed when a gunman opened fire in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

Most of those who died were just young children with their whole lives ahead of them. And every parent in America has a heart heavy with hurt.

Among the fallen were also teachers - men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams. So our hearts are broken today. We grieve for the families of those we lost. And we keep in our prayers the parents of those who survived. Because as blessed as they are to have their children home, they know that their child’s innocence has been torn away far too early.

As a nation, we have endured far too many of these tragedies in the last few years. An elementary school in Newtown. A shopping mall in Oregon. A house of worship in Wisconsin. A movie theater in Colorado. Countless street corners in places like Chicago and Philadelphia.

Any of these neighborhoods could be our own. So we have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this. Regardless of the politics.

This weekend, Michelle and I are doing what I know every parent is doing - holding our children as close as we can and reminding them how much we love them.

There are families in Connecticut who can’t do that today. And they need all of us now. Because while nothing can take the place of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need - to remind them that we are there for them; that we are praying for them; and that the love they felt for those they lost endures not just in their own memories, but also in their community, and their country. Thank you.”

America, that’s the truth this sad week, and I’ll only just say this, God have mercy on us, as a gun toting nation.

Clyde D’Antignac
Future Wadley Resident

Happy Birthday, Jesus

Dear Editor:

Happy Birthday, Jesus
What on Earth can we give to you?
You own the world and all its wealth, and everything in Heaven too!

What can I give you, Jesus
There’s nothing I can place beneath the tree,
That would fill your day with happiness, when all you want is me!

I’ll work real hard to improve my life
I’ll be the best servant that I can,
I’ll let my light shine more brightly, I’ll be more thoughtful of my fellow man!

We don’t know the real day of your arrival
We’re just very glad you came,
O, beautiful star of Bethlehem, Hosannas to your name!

You came to us years ago
Born in a stable in a distant land,
You were laid in a manager made of wood, You’d created with your own hand!

So, again I’ll say, “Happy Birthday”
Thank you for coming down to Earth,
We’ve sat aside this special day to celebrate your birth!

My gift won’t be tied with ribbons,
It won’t be bought at the local Wal-Mart,
It is something you want more than anything else
I’m giving you my heart!

Rosemary Duval


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