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Opinion

December 24, 2012

How will the violence end?

(Continued)

NORMAN —

Children’s TV host Mr. Rogers once said: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”

It is indeed comforting to know that when something like this does happen, there are always — ALWAYS — helpers to work toward making things better. My hat is off to the first responders who, without any foreknowledge or forewarning, run into the dager to help and serve those in the most dire of troubles.

I believe if our society would “crack down” on those how don’t care, those who don’t have time, those who think “it’s all about me”, we would all be better off and these sorts of tragedies would be greatly reduced if not eliminated.

I don’t know what the answer truly is, but it’s going to have to involve discussion on how we’ve closed most of our mental hospitals, pushing the mentally ill out to fend for themselves, or for ill-equipped families to deal with them without help.

Maybe it is time we focused on the cause and not the symptom.

Are you listening Washington?

MARK MCCURLEY

Phoenix

(formerly of Norman)

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