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home : insight & opinion : guest columns July 25, 2017

6/26/2017 1:51:00 PM
Get informed, oppose the haters
For the Daily News

It was June 14, and like a lot of mornings I woke up early and took my dog for a walk in the woods. It was peaceful and I don't just like peace, I need it. We watched the dawn turn from rosy hues to full sun and came back to a second cup of coffee and a morning look at the news. Nothing was on yet, so I lingered with the Grit channel now offered and pondered a bit of black-and-white western wisdom as a reluctant hero picked up a gun and went out into the street to face a taunting gunfighter bully.

It wasn't High Noon, but it was a lesser tale of the same plot. Peace-loving good guy pushed by circumstances to show everyone he can kill, too, and is admired for it. I never liked those stories, and turned it over to the early news feed where I see that a 60-some-year-old Illinois malcontent had shown up at the Republican baseball team practice and started shooting.

Well, that's wrong, for a lot of reasons, but I have to be honest and say the most surprising thing to me was that they have had the time to practice baseball for the past three months in anticipation of the "big game" which was scheduled for the next day. It's not like there is any real business back at the office, is there?

I felt guilty for feeling that way and adhere to my abhorrence of violence to the extent that even Congressional targets should be left alone. What has happened to us? And what will happen now?

Apparently it does no good to suggest that perhaps there should be fewer guns available or that Megyn Kelly might want to skip the crackpot interview of the guy who thinks the Sandy Hook shootings were a hoax.

If the media continue to one-up each other on the rage scale you can expect more of this. Less fake news and more honest journalism would be a good start.

Subscribe to your local paper, if you don't already. And if your excuse is there's never anything there worth reading, I suggest that you're reading this, so your judgment about that may have been too hasty.

We have problems - serious problems - and more hate is not the answer. I pledge to vote against all haters, regardless of party affiliation, from now on.

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