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April 2017

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Small town life is sometimes terrific.

We had our water cut off on Tuesday. We didn't realize what had happened until about 9:00 PM. (Randi was a bit hysterical - she forgot to pay the bill, and she is NEVER late paying bills. Not. ever.) So what do we do? We call Neil (the police chief, who lives down the street from us) at home, and Neil says that the first time you get cut off, they turn off the water at the meter, but don't lock it. He said to take our water key to the meter and try turning the water back on. We did, and yup, we had water.

You tell me any big city - or even big town - water company who will cut you that kind of slack on your first offense, or that will even recognize that it's a first offense! Or where you can just call the police chief to get the problem fixed. LOL! Of course, this goes right along with, "I don't need to see your ID to cash a check," or "You forgot the credit card? That's OK, we'll just put the bill in your mailbox when we drop off your car in your driveway, and you can pay it when you get a chance."

I suppose, on a more somber note, I should talk a little about the VTech slayings. I can't add anything significant to the flood of grief that the whole nation is feeling. Naturally, I'm heartbroken at those deaths. Other than the obvious, however, I have three things to say. Which I'll put under a cut, in case y'all don't want to hear any more about this.

1) I am asking my flist not to view Cho's video. Partly that's to discourage the media from profiting from it, and partly it's because I don't want anyone I know to be exposed to that kind of horror. (And no, I haven't seen it, and have no intention of seeing it - but I have a coworker who did view it.)
2) As I'm sure everyone knows, there were plenty of signs that Cho was going to do this. I'm hoping that this will finally give a big push to the impetus started by Columbine to identify bullying and psychotic behavior, to provide information systems and education to all students, to create resources for managing these troubled people (and getting them away from normal people!), and to provide education on what to do in an incident (as in, telling people about it, strategies for survival, etc.).
3) One trend that makes me twitchy is that this has become a gun control issue. It is not a gun control issue, it is an anger and helplessness issue. If a person like Cho couldn't get a gun, he'd make a bomb. Or whatever. Some European countries seem to think that the US's lax gun control created this problem. Talk about weird logic.


Have you never heard the expression, "Hate the sin, not the sinner"? Forgiving and understanding Cho and the Columbine pair and other such killers doesn't mean we feel no sorrow for the victims, nor that we condone killing as an alternative to putting up with troubles.

The problems of a person like Cho go much deeper than a mere reaction to being bullied. He was insane. He needed help. He didn't get it. Our society doesn't have the necessary resources for dealing with a person like Cho, partly because we value our individual liberties so much, and partly because we're only now becoming aware of the forces that forge them. The bullying was not the only cause of this tragedy, but simply one of the triggers.

If we sane people can't see through the eyes of the insane, and learn to understand them, then people like Cho will never be helped, and the conditions which created him will never be improved.

Personally, I respect a compassion that embraces the killer as well as the victims. To me, that's a Christian spirit, in the strict definition of the term "Christian".