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Letter to the Editor
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

We recently suffered another tragedy at a public school. A student is the suspect in attacks on others, causing serious injury. While attacks on institutions become more frequent, our response is more predictable. We add more guns and guards. Perhaps it's time to look at what's occurring inside for a cause, instead of barricading people inside to protect them from people outside.

However one gets news, it's obvious that those in charge of institutions have caused mistrust. Daily, another politician is accused of misusing his or her office. School leaders, fearful of litigation, ignore professional competency in favor of political correctness. Corporate leaders lobby politicians for favorable rules. What are we teaching citizens, especially young people?

Our country, founded on Judeo-Christian principles, now fumbles in the stew of moral relevancy. A variation of an Alexander Hamilton quote says it best: “Standing means representing something, while failing means getting fooled ... by anything.” I'm not calling for a society forged in institutional religion, but it's odd that the first thing people do after most tragedies is prohibited in public institutions — praying.

Societies remain sustainable on morals, values and standards inculcated in their institutions. Perhaps it's time to examine what's taught inside our institutions that conveys anxiety to those outside our institutions.

Henry Sinopoli


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