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January 7, 2013
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Letter: Evil is real, let’s deal with it

Evil is real, best not to ignore it

Our generation has a history of forgetfulness. We’ve forgotten many things that happened to us or throughout history, and certainly things that have affected our busy lives.

We’ve forgotten what evil is, or maybe we’ve chosen not to believe in it anymore. As children, evil was what we looked for under the bed before we went to sleep, or in the closet after the lights were out. These things seemed less scary as we got older, so we forgot them.

But real evil grows in the world. People who do evil are real and they are among us. We cannot see them beforehand, only the aftermath of evil acts they leave in their wake.

Our society has learned to explain away true evil. We’ve replaced the word evil with clinical phrases: dysfunctional, psychopath, serial killer, etc.

Since the killing of the children in Newtown, Conn., all we’ve heard on the news is gun control. Politicians are scrambling to get bills passed and laws made in a hurry. Yes, this might put a feather in the politicians’ hats or get them another vote, but is this the real answer?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a gun owner and a sportsman. I feel we should have tougher laws, but they won’t keep mentally ill people or anybody else from getting what they need to do evil acts.

What gets me is that we don’t hear much about mental health, or what should be done about it. We don’t see politicians trying to get bills passed or laws made that concern mental health.

So what’s the answer? Like the majority of us, I don’t know. For now, all I can do is weep for the children.

Bless the children and all who have preceded them.

John Carnate

Umpqua


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The News-Review Updated Feb 4, 2013 10:14AM Published Jan 7, 2013 06:44AM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.