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Whatever happens to strike my fancy, but surely some sort of fiber content.
My prayers go out to the whole community. As a college prof I'm so aware of how close ties between people develop on campus...and how we're vulnerable but don't realize it.
A "security expert" on CNN yesterday was ranting about how there needs to be metal detectors and bag searches on college campuses, which I find is a very troubling mentality. Lord help us if this tragedy leads to such imprisonment.
How sad for the victims' families, the college, the community and the country. At times like this, it is a shame we can't all come together and mourn without folks getting up on a soapbox about issues and dragging the whole tragedy through a media circus.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007 It’s a hard time for the folks down here. My father went to Tech. My father in law did. His brother. My brother in law. My son. His best friend B is a graduate. B’s wife works there. Because of the big agricultural and forestry programs, Essex is much more of a Tech county than, say, a UVA community. Our own darling E, who volunteered at the library all through high school is only 3 weeks from graduation. When I heard the news - that is, when I realized it was a melee - I called her mother at work. She answered the phone and her first words were "E’s all right." I burst into uncontrollable sobbing and she understood when I just hung up. We met up later at the grocery store and got in some mighty good hugging.
We’re going to have a rough few weeks now. All the news magazines will have hideous mug shot photo spreads of the dead. There will be long newscasts on television - thank god I don’t have one - with KnowNothingHeads blabbing about gun control and lock-downs and children raised in day care and violence in the media. Hideous regulations will be passed that merely fence in the guiltless. I can see it now. Knitting needles banned on college campuses. Some a****** on a history list I follow made the repugnant attempt to display his depth by sneering, "Thank god the gunman wasn’t an Arab or our hysteria would be out of control." Huh! Thank god that person was on-line, not in front of me, or I’d have drop kicked him. Anything to prove how worthless Americans, how we get just what we deserve with this senseless violence. How ... how ... well, I shan’t say it, but those who know me well know just what epithet I’m not typing.
When I am not quite so sad I’ll write about the wonderful weekend I had in Staunton. Anything I say today will be too bitter to want to keep. posted by Bess | 7:23 AM