Words are cheap in face of tragedy

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2007

It almost takes a conscious effort to keep breathing in the face of the carnage at Virginia Tech. Words seem so cheap.

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Especially cheap are the words of some of the media when they refer to this as the worst rampage shooting in U.S. history. Horrific as it is, I wonder if they have not heard of Chehaw, Bad Axe, Indian Island, Bear River, Sand Creek, Marias and Wounded Knee, to name a few.

Similarly, after 9/11 they said terror had at last come to the United States, as if they had never heard of the Ku Klux Klan or some Southern sheriffs and Northern mobs.

The finger of ignorance and insensitivity points back at me, as well, as I realize that I am so stricken by 30 some dead in Virginia while such is a common occurrence in Palestine, Israel, Iraq and Afghanistan, to name a few.

Dan Wanders


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