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Grieve for the many as we grieve for the few

For the past few weeks, we have had wall-to-wall, around-the-clock coverage of the tragic killing of the 20 innocent children and six adults in Sandy Hook, Conn. The coverage has been so intense that the families have not been afforded any privacy to grieve, as every tear and hug has been broadcast world-wide while anchormen stand in front of cameras and pontificate about the need for stricter gun control laws. While this incident truly is tragic and we all mourn the loss of these precious children, I also find it ironic in a way, albeit politically incorrect.

If the 20 mothers of these same precious children had all chosen to abort them six or seven years ago, there would have been no outrage, no hue or cry for justice for these innocent little ones. They would just have been an inconvenience to be gotten rid of like an unwanted wart or blemish. Some of the congressmen now screaming for gun control are the same ones who helped pass the laws making it legal to murder over 50 million children in the last 40 years. Isn't there something wrong with this picture?

Some opinions don't deserve broad forum

I sincerely believe The Times Leader does a disservice to the community when it allows men such as William Levinson (Teachers should be trained to defend themselves, Dec. 30, 2012) to occupy the public forum.

His logic is evil and the unfortunate thing is there are others who are encouraged to know there are people who will propagate their like-minded obtuse thinking. The cold fact is if Adam Lanza didn't have the weapon the children at the school would still be alive.

No amount of specious intellectual claptrap is going to alter that fact.

Yes children, there is a Grinch – in Washington

A grandchild asked a question that really prompted an answer:

Yes, there is a Grinch who stole Christmas. It is a many-headed hydra, (Tea Party Representatives), which came to Washington with a personal agenda. It does the bidding of the one percent – the old white men who believe they are the ones chosen to rule. These are the ones who don't yet understand that they lost the election. They hold the middle class hostage to get their way.

Who cares about those farmers, or what we can afford to eat? Who cares about all those unemployed and whether they can feed their families or find a job? Who cares if the economy tanks again?

And it is two years until we can vote that hydra out. Does the Grinch understand that this stalemate about everything can cost it the next election?

Shall we pray for a grand conversion to bring us answers and solve things sooner? As Speaker Boehner said, God only knows.

Proud military mom says support local businesses

I put in a lunch order with Serpico's Pizza in Wilkes-Barre. Along with my ordered I inquired about gift certificates for my children as stocking stuffers. This year is a little different for my family as my son is serving in Kuwait. This is what I mentioned to them to insure the certificate would be good when he returns.

I went to pick up my order and the owner asked if the certificate was for a soldier. I replied yes, he is my son. He then told the young man at the register that I should only be charged for my lunch.

I sat in my car and just cried because it was so heartfelt; he doesn't even know me or my son!

So I am asking two things. Support our local businesses, they choose to be here. And support our military members, because they too choose to serve for all of us.

Thank you Serpico's. Wishing you a very Happy New Year from the proud mom of soldier Cody Izzo.

Support welcome for Avondale site upkeep

The Avondale Mine disaster of Sept. 6, 1869 united a region that consisted of anthracite coal mining towns and cities. Although there were most likely remembrances held subsequent to 1869, the first in recent memory to honor the 110 men and boys took place on Sept. 10 and 11, 2005 at the Avondale Mine site in Plymouth and at the Washburn Street Cemetery in West Scranton.

From 2005 to the present much has been accomplished. At Washburn, grave markers were restored, a remembrance plaque was installed and spring bulbs were planted. Near the mine site in Plymouth a commonwealth roadside marker reminds visitors and commuters of the disaster that occurred nearby.

As part of the continuing efforts to improve conditions around the gravesites, plans are underway to remove two dead trees located near the men's and boys' Washburn resting places.

Contributions to help cover the $600 cost for the removal of the trees are being sought. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Checks can be made payable to Avondale Restoration Project and sent to:

Avondale Restoration Project

c/o Linda Scott

514 Old Colony Road

South Abington Township, Pa. 18411

For additional information please contact Ms. Scott at linmscott@hotmail.com

Thanks, good Samaritan for helping fall victim

An 84 year old man lay on a public sidewalk/street and could not get up. This man happened to be my father. He lay there unable to move for quite some time with cars going past and not one person stopping to help him. Luckily he just has a black eye, but it could have been much worse.

What has happened to man helping his fellow man (or woman)? Some people are so engrossed in their lives, texting on their phones or are afraid to get involved to help someone in need. Would you not want someone to help you or your family member or friend?

I am happy to say that after some time a woman came to my father's aid and helped him up and into his vehicle. I don't know who you are but I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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