Thank you Sheer Yedidia for your letter [“Can you hear the yelling?” Northwest Voices, Nov. 16]. Yes, as adults we should be the first ones teaching our children and listening to what they are saying. We should be teaching our children right from wrong, not only by listening to them and being aware of…More
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Can you hear them now? After they’re dead and gone? On the news, day after day, all I hear is another school shooting here and another killing there. And people say, “It’s sad, they were so young, oh, another one.”
Yeah, another one. Day after day, death after death, child after child.
When will it stop? When will it all stop? When will you listen?
Yes, you. You don’t listen to youths — what do they know? I mean, you adults have been on this Earth for, 40 years. They — us — haven’t experiencedMore
I grew up in the 1950s and ’60s in small towns where hunting and shooting were common. Most families had one or more high-powered rifles, a shotgun, a pistol and often more. Most guns were not locked up. Kids could easily get their hands on plenty of firepower. But my classmates and I didn’t run amuck…More
Americans need to wake up to the epidemic of gun violence [“At SPU, grief without despair,” Local News, June 7]. For too many years our elected representatives have been pushed around by the bullies in the National Rifle Association. The widespread availability of guns and the nuts who will use them in shootings, such…More
The tragic shooting in Troutdale, Ore., is at least the fourth mass shooting in our nation in the last two weeks, the third involving a school [“Student, suspect dead in shooting at Oregon school,” The Today File, June 10]. Seventy-four school shootings have now taken place in the approximately 18 months since the…More
Thank you for a terrific article, “At SPU, grief without despair” [Local News, June 7]. It richly reveals the power of faith and prayer to uphold and affirm life and community amid tragedy and sorrow. The article also reflects an appreciation for Seattle Pacific University’s Christian identity in a way that models coverage for…More
A bit of hope After reading about shootings on other campuses, the report of the responses to the Seattle Pacific University shootings is actually a bit comforting [“Student stops campus killer,” Local News, June 5]. The shooter was subdued by a student monitor, using relatively benign pepper spray. Although unaccustomed to fatal violence, the school had…More
There will be many second-guessing the police response regarding their interview of the Santa Barbara shooter [“Frantic parents of shooting suspect raced to police — too late,” Nation & World, May 26]. The ability to convince others of their kindness and goodness is a hallmark of sociopathic behavior, and of many abusers.
Behind every potentially violent person there isMore
Background checks are necessary I feel lucky to live in America. We have freedoms people living in many other countries do not. Our freedoms, assured by our laws, are designed to enable citizens to live the best life possible while adhering to ethical principles the society as a whole agrees are “self evident.” The so-called freedom that…More