Dec 18 2012

OPINION: Resident Grateful for Peaceful Community

Urges Steps to End Senseless Violence –

On Friday, 12/14, a few hours after learning about the senseless shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., I was prompted to take a long walk in our small town. The walk provided much-needed silence and space to reflect on the horrific tragedy that has touched so many.

On my way home, I walked past our lovely elementary school, Frank C. Havens and through an open window in the school’s auditorium I could hear the clear and truly enchanting voices of children practicing a song for their upcoming Winter Concert. I paused and listened, as the singing voices made me smile and feel hope.

Immense hope, in fact, that even in the face of random acts of unthinkable violence perpetrated against the most vulnerable in our communities: our children, that to be human is to love deeply and passionately — and we have the power to bind together and collectively upend the interests of the few who gain so much in making weapons that eviscerate the innocent

Denise Bostrom, Piedmont resident

Editors’ Note:  The opinions expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Piedmont Civic Association.

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