Friday, October 7, 2022

Life is good: Speak up

Here we are after a Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for mourning the U.S. military personnel.

It has evolved to include remembering all loved ones that have passed.

As we remember and honor those who have fought for us, protected us, and loved us, we are faced with the grim reality of our world.

It has been a week of heartbreak and sadness. Once again, there are victims. This time it included the most innocent: children.

I’m not going to preach gun control. I am going to advocate for mental health acknowledgment and care.

In my opinion, it is time for the rest of us to step up. Be bold enough and strong enough to report it if you see trouble.

We no longer have the luxury of thinking someone else will see and report.

The burden of truth falls on all of us. It is our responsibility to speak up.

The last thing we would expect or be prepared for is to lose our child.

On April 20, 1999, two high school seniors went to school armed with semi-automatic rifles, pistols, and explosives. They killed 13 people and wounded 21 more.

That was the first. Columbine happened. Our nation was shocked, grieved, and outraged.

I remember watching the news reports again and again. I sat and cried.

Sadly, more than sadly, it has happened time and again.

There are signs. Be aware and report. Take a chance that you might be wrong. You never know.

Help ensure that life will be good today. ■

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