Street debate shows lack of responsibility

Jan. 25, 2013 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 24, 2013 at 7:25 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Crossing a street is an everyday thing in life, so why do we have to block off a less-traveled street so high school students can cross it? Responsibility is what we are not teaching kids by doing this.

We hear about teachers who cannot control their class. Why? Because students are not responsible for what they do. They have no one to tell them what is right and what is wrong. Give is a big word. To give is a blessing, but how many of today's kids only know that "give" is what they are taught to ask for, what the world owes them?

All the shootings are very hard for me to even think about. Guns kill things, yes, so do cars, buses, airplanes, so do these so-called energy drinks. Find out how many emergency patients are in there for energy drinks or bad dope someone sold them.

After being in the service, going to a foreign country to make their part of the world a better place to live, only to have the so-called friendly people there shoot at you, I felt welcomed and betrayed. To hear a bullet go by you is a great sound, but where is the next one going? I can only imagine the feelings the kids had when the school that they felt secure in was suddenly a place of death. Do you think it was OK to pray in school on that day? Is someone around you having problems? Are they the next one to fall, get a weapon - a knife will do, so will a baseball bat, a gun - anything to get rid of this hurt, this anger, this pain. Then, they will be all over the news. Oh, but I am not responsible. I didn't mean it. You never know how large the bullet hole in a gun is until the gun is pointed at you. Is your family member, your coworker, your friend suddenly a stranger - no smile, won't look at you? Only you can help this person. If you can't, talk to someone who can help. God gave us a wonderful place to live, and we are doing a great job destroying it.

Billy Stehling, Victoria



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