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There are a lot of topics which one could expound on this week… both personal and items in the news. 2013 has set its course and so far, the trail has been strewn with many challenges on a personal level. It seems that a hole has emerged in the ‘dam of life’ and the events many face through life are flowing down on me all at once. I’m still recuperating from health issues, seeing specialists and having tests done. My older sister is currently undergoing a cardiac cath procedure including placement of two stents. My brother-in-law lost his mother. My son is facing one of the greatest challenges in life which we all must go through, but never seem ready for. His love and dedication for his wife, plus strong faith, are attributes which I wish I could take credit for but it all comes from the Higher Being. He is the rock. I’m learning daily just how great a son that God graciously gave me to nurture while here on earth.
News from the world of sports went beyond the normal activities on the court and in the fields this week. Sports used to be an escape from life’s crisis but that is no longer the case. After years of denial of taking performance enhancing drugs, cyclist Lance Armstrong went to Oprah Winfrey where he made his confession. However, the announcement of the ‘mystery’ girl friend of Notre Dame linebacker, Manti Te’o, dying of leukemia turned out to be a hoax perpetrated against the linebacker, the runner-up in the Heisman voting. That took some thunder away from Armstrong. Deadspin.com reported that they could not find any record that Lennay Kekua ever existed. The university was told of this by Te’o and family before the Irish played Alabama for the national championship. The loss of his grandmother coupled with death of Kekua just days later had brought much prominence to the young man this season
The real story is yet to be determined but if some girl or someone used social networking media, should there be more of an effort to control it as the talk is rising in Washington and this country about stiffer gun laws. Gun violence hit home last week when Winfield resident Greg Elsenrath was shot in his college office by a student who apparently had found out financial aid may no longer be available. Or how about the publishing of several Ladue Middle School students photos in St. Louis under the social media application Instagram under the title of the school’s “ugliest students”? The instances of school bullying is, more and more, hitting the social media sites.
I don’t know the answer for what changes can reverse the number of killings this nation is experiencing or the never ending issue of bullying. More control in all issues may hurt only the good, not the bad. But I know, something has to be done to change this predominance of hate and prejudice. No one seems to know much or care about the other people. Value of life doesn’t seem to be a priority anymore. Families, rally around and hold each other. That is a good place to start, I think.
By Bob Simmons