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Viewpoint: Ten Years as Editor and I Still Have Questions
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I’m not sure how often I have written about gun violence. We were very effected by the Thurston High School shooting in Springfield, Oregon in 1998. We’ve been effected by multiple shootings in the last week. In El Paso the shooter wanted to kill as many “Mexicans” as he could. In Ohio a man killed his sister and a handful of other people.

Quite naturally, after the shock, the fear and the anger the talk turns to guns. In Ohio they have spent almost as much press time talking about how to identify and deal with mental illness.

Regardless of where the talk begins, it always ends up as a political diatribe with absolutely no results. Count on that happening again. I have a glimmer of hope that the mental illness factor to gun violence is being discussed (isn’t anyone who shoots random, innocent people mentally ill?) but once the two political parties get hold of it nothing will be done.

A friend of mine came into the office on Tuesday and had some strong thoughts about the topic. I agreed with most of what he said, was fearful of other parts of his assessment – but it was well thought out and thought provoking. I asked him to write a Letter to the Editor. He declined.

I often wonder why people are so reluctant to put their thoughts in writing for the newspaper, and so ready (not that this person would do this) to spout off on Facebook. I’m guessing because it is assumed on Facebook that readers are aware that much of what they see is fiction and that most of what you see in the newspaper is factual.

Lori and I are celebrating ten years of ownership of the paper this week. I still wonder about a lot of things. I received a call from another friend on Friday night while helping my wife herd our three grandchildren in a public place. This friend was upset about something he was told was in the paper. I asked him if he had read the actual story yet. He had not, when he read it his anxiety was much reduced. It could have been written better and we agreed to take care of the oversight, but the hearsay was worse than the reality.

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