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After Newtown, return prayer to schools


It has been a time since the day evil struck Newtown, Conn. Everyone has had time to reflect on this tragedy. Without giving it a thought, the media started screaming for gun control. They didn’t think it through. The right to bear arms is part of our Constitution. It is one of our original rights, and we should not tampered with this right.

There are discussions going on that have acknowledged that our president has stated if he doesn’t get what he wants in a revised gun control law that he will get what he wants by executive order. That should not and cannot be allowed to happen. We all realize that we cannot go on allowing the misuse and ownership of guns by unstable persons, but we cannot create a law that bans guns period. That would leave the citizens of this nation defenseless. Is that what the president wants?

We know that everyone in this nation sat in front of the TV (most with tears in their eyes) watching the events of the day pass by and then later on seeing the pictures of these little people as they were shown. What a sad day for the community, for the state and for the nation.

Gov. Dan Malloy stated it well when he said that evil had come to Newtown. What he didn’t say and what the leaders of this nation failed to realize is that when prayer is taken out of the classroom, evil will step in and fill the void. How true this was in Newtown.

We are told that we can’t allow prayer in the schools because we might offend someone. In the after events of this sad day, how many times did we hear and see people in prayer. We need to reinstitute prayer into our lives and faith back into our families, and we need leaders who are capable of establishing this both by word and by action.

In the midst of all this sadness and search for solutions, no one seems to remember the babies who had their lives ended by abortion. They never even had a chance to have their pictures taken.

James L. Wiley

Cape Vincent

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