This year, Americans saw the gun murder of 20 small children and six educators in Newtown, Conn. Politicians and the silent majority would naturally deny this event was "good." We have feelings of horror and complicity about future slaughter in America. Since Newtown, over 3,000 Americans have been killed by gun violence.
How can we turn these horrible deaths into something "good?" If we restrict citizen use of assault weapons and large magazine clips, could it be good? If we no longer allow 154 shots to be fired at innocents in less than five minutes, would more tragedy be stopped? Background checks alone will not stop mass murder, but with a ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines, we may say that the deaths of our children and other fellow Americans may have led us to doing something "good" and not allow death and violence to have the final word.
What will we do in West Virginia?
Virginia Lynch Graf
Student brightens day in Room 200
Every now and then, something happens that is quite extraordinary, and you realize how lucky you are to be a witness to it. I have observed a transformation of an immature schoolboy into a compassionate, caring and selfless young man.
Being a teenager these days is not easy. There are too many pressures and insecurities that go around, and can often lead a person down the wrong road. In my experience as a teacher, I have seen and heard of this occurring. In this situation, I am happy to report only the best in humanity has been shown.
This young man I speak of has befriended all who enter Room 200 of George Washington High School. His daily visits often include joking around, sharing stories and helping those in Room 200 with their classwork. Granted he is a busy senior, but he has found time to give to those in Room 200. Not only have I observed a change in this young man, but I also have seen a change in the lives of those he has touched in Room 200. They are happy. They feel accepted. They know they are a part of a special place. They feel like a teenager too, and they love it! Just come by and see the faces in Room 200.