Trouble 'seen' for W.Va.'s public schools
This was posted on Facebook on Jan. 8: "Was listening to the local report on NPR tonight and a story about our new state superintendent of schools - you know, the one they fired Marple for - who was talking about some anti-truancy program they had used wherever he was before now. He talked about how successful it was. The state superintendent of schools said, 'We seen results.' He really said that. He really, actually said that. The state superintendent of schools said that."
Then, posted on Facebook on Jan. 9, in the morning, was: "Correction: Concerned that I had misheard and, so, misquoted the new West Virginia state superintendent of schools, I was able to hear the radio report again this morning. In fact, the West Virginia state superintendent of schools did not say, 'We seen progress.' However, he did say, 'We seen a difference.' The West Virginia state superintendent of schools said that. Please accept my apologies for my previous error."
And we're up in arms about "Buckwild" because . . . ?
Gun control will not protect our children
Since 1973, there have been 55 million innocent unborn babies murdered by legalized abortion. Where is the public outcry to make abortions illegal? On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 innocent civilians were murdered at the hands of al-Qaida terrorists who flew jets into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Where is the public outcry to make airplanes illegal?
In 1995, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols murdered 168 innocent people, including 19 children, with a truck bomb. Where is the public outcry to ban trucks or fertilizer? There are more than 30,000 traffic fatalities per year. Where is the public outcry to outlaw automobiles?
There is none.
Yet, when faced with the unthinkable tragedy of precious children murdered by an evil person, we want to blame the gun instead of the villain.
Connecticut has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. They did not prevent this tragedy. Gun control is not the answer. I think it is amazing that President Obama can look at the American public with a straight face and tell them we need to get rid of guns, considering that his Secret Service agents all carry guns, there are armed agents with his daughters at school, and the country spends $1.68 billion a year to fund the Secret Service.
If gun control will take care of the problem, then I suggest that President Obama arm all his Secret Service agents with staplers or calculators, instead of guns.
Leo G. (Jerry) Lake