Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 25, 2012

Letters to the editor - Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012

Americans must pray for the Conn. families

I am so devastated by the horrendous murder of those children and school personnel. How could one do all that which was done? How could anyone take the life of one child?

God’s precious angels, all happy with smiles. Twenty bright futures that were just beginning, with no thought of their final ending. Happy and healthy at school that day. Maybe practicing a Christmas play. Thinking of Santa, toys, fun and family. Singing around the Christmas tree. Not even a care or worry about bad people who come in a flurry to kill or maim whom ever they see.

But God sees and knows it all, and he’s not pleased when angels fall. The Bible says suffer little children to come unto me. He did not mean them to be murdered like he on Calvary.

And I can’t forget teachers and administrators going about their task. Never knowing that it could be their last. Putting themselves in danger on that fateful day. Praying their children could live, love and play.

This has to stop. Killing helpless children is totally unacceptable, as any killings are. We must pray for the families. And may God bless us all.

Alice R. Davis, Kokomo

It’s impossible to stop one intent on killing

Has it yet been determined what the motive was for the latest rage killing?

What a ludicrous question.

What possible thought in such a person’s mind – what possible occurrence in their lives – would explain such a horrific act?

The right questions are:

What is it in our society, the culture, our modern way of life, that is creating such damaged individuals?

What happens to a 6-year-old that turns him into the 20-year-old that murders children?

What is such a disturbed person saying by such an act? What is he trying to communicate? Rage? Hate? Pain? Despair? Feelings of loneliness, isolation, alienation? Feelings of helplessness, powerlessness?

All of the above perhaps.

Some poet I read a long time ago called such an act a “hemorrhaging of love.”

Once again, we are hearing the same tired old saws about stricter security, tighter gun control legislation, improved mental health services, etc.

Futile – all of them. The allopathic medicine approach: suppress the symptoms rather than get at the cause.

Like the suicide bomber, it is impossible to stop a person with such a thing in mind. The only way it can be done is by changing the person’s mind.

Doug Sutherland, Kokomo

Hey, buyer: Anything goes in Tipton County

We have lived in the Prairie Acres subdivision for more than 12 years. We want to alert any potential home buyer considering Tipton County to please be aware.

Our county roads are in bad repair, and the county’s solution is chip and seal, if you’re lucky. We are told the county is broke. Perhaps that is why our county officials turn a blind eye and allow any kind of business or company into our county.

Anything for a little money. They will rezone, give abatements, change previous county codes, etc. Anything goes!

Many of us taxpayers have protested, attended meetings, signed petitions and called our county officials with no consideration whatsoever. It was already a done deal. We have a factory at our front door, and now we get a wind farm at our back door. Not so good for property values.

Just be advised if you buy property in this county, you could one day wake up with, let’s say, a zoo or landfill next door to you. Would anyone like to buy my house?

Mary Owsley, Sharpsville