Letter to the Editor

Reader says it's up to parents, schools to keep children safe

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

I want to thank those who take time to read this.

More and more tragedies are happening around us where horrible acts are being committedon the innocent. This is not a gun issue or a mental [heatlh] issue but a moral issue.

The ones committing these acts seem to lack the ability to distinguish between right and wrong due to the failure of parents. In the days of our childhood and throughout history parents disciplined with a stern hand. They did this because they loved us.

This generation of youth has not been raised where God is put in his rightful place. It's no longer "One nation under God."

If America does not open its eyes, God will turn his back on us and not deliver us anymore as he tells the sons of Israel in Judges 10.

I'm not saying you have to be a Christian to be a good parent. You don't have to believe in God to make a difference in a child's life. You just need to care enough about your child and others to make a difference in their lives, and if they want to pray at school it should be their choice.

Most people are going to celebrate Christmas. Its almost impossible to believe in one without the other. Atheists can stand up to the state Supreme Court of California and have Nativity scenes banned from public squares, yet supposedly "God-fearing" people can't even stand up for what this country was founded upon.

We also need to seriously consider the safety and security of our public schools now more than ever. We need the assurance that our kids are protected while they are away from us. Don't get me wrong, I'm for growth, new learning facilities and new stadiums.

With growth comes responsibilities. We need law enforcement officers at each school building all day every day. We pay our fair share of school taxes that it shouldn't be too much to ask to spend some of it for safety for our kids. You cannot put a price on a life.

I believe we have good leaders in our schools to accomplish what we want if we will stand up as one voice.

It's up to us parents to make the difference. Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Newtown, Conn.

-- Timmy Jones

Berryville