What’s Left?

Dec 20th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Opinion

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeaks adoptive baby

We are on the home stretch to Christmas….can you believe it?  Pretty soon we’ll be changing our calendars to 2013. This year has past like it’s been a month. There are good things to that and bad.  As a news person, I think about the top stories of the past year but none that I can think of right now are bigger and well, more horrible, than the massacre of the young children and adults this past Friday in Newtown, Conn.  I mean, I can’t even imagine someone being able to pull a trigger while pointing a gun (assault weapon) towards a classroom full of children and their teacher. How could anyone be so deranged as to do that?  I mean, I know there are people that are - obviously - but why are they not in an institution? I know in years past that was where you put people with lots of mental illnesses. Now it seems the trend is to keep them at home or at least not in an institution - but from a safety standpoint for them and others - they should be in an institution. I’ve heard that we don’t have enough institutions for all the mentally ill people in the United States. That may be one thing that we can do to help prevent this sort of situation from happening again  - build more institutions.

This conversation will continue for months and probably years. There is no easy solution but I pray that it doesn’t happen again - anywhere.

At the beginning of several television shows, a choir of young people would sing as a memorial to those killed in Newtown. Saturday Night Live began with a youth choir singing. Good Morning America Monday morning had a youth choir singing several times during the telecast. Tonight (Monday) at  the beginning of The Voice, the top 10 (or 12) contestants sang a beautiful song (Hallelujah) while holding a card with the name of a victim and their age on it. In front of them on the stage were lit candles representing each of the children and adults who died. It was so touching. I don’t know how they could sing without crying. I couldn’t watch it without crying.  I saw Cody Belew there singing. That was nice.

Back to Christmas. Are you ready? I’m kind of and then not really. I think we make too much of the gift giving and let the true meaning take a back seat. It is a personal thing and we should all arrange our holiday so that we can celebrate it in our own way.

It looks like we won’t be having any snow for Christmas and that is just fine with me. If we had the warmest Christmas on record - that, too, would be great with me. I do believe the forecast is that it will be “normal” temperatures - which means in the 50’s.

I hope you and your family have a great Christmas!

Go to your happy place!

See you next week - after Christmas.