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December 23, 2012
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Letter: Roseburg heart aches at Newtown's loss

Heart aches at Newtown’s loss

I am awash in tears and my heart feels as if it is breaking. There are not enough tears to wash away the pain of losing a child, whether it be a child of your own body or, as all children must be, a child of your heart.

In this season of joy and excitement for many of the children in this country, it is especially difficult to face a loss such as the massacre of the children of Newtown, Conn. Presents have been purchased, wrapped, in some cases teasingly placed under the tree, in other cases hidden away — now, never to be opened or discovered with squeals of excitement and joy.

I am so sorry this happened and I cannot help but turn to thoughts of the children in war zones across the world. Surely when you see the agony of fathers and mothers as they clutch the little bodies to their hearts, you cannot help but feel their pain. Children should be cherished and protected, not beaten, hurt, shot, killed.

Unfortunately we cannot always protect our children, as witness the terrible things that happen in schools, movie theaters, shopping malls. But maybe, just maybe, we can end wars, speak out against the killing of the innocent, as best we can.

Barbara M. Alvis


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