The Safety of Children
The awful events of the past week that took place in Connecticut were completely mind blowing. It was very hard for me to listen to the news accounts on television. As a parent, I can't even imagine the pain and anguish those parents must be going through. Your front-page story, "Area Parents Wrestle with Newtown Tragedy," by Michelle Phipps-Evans, reminded all of us of how safe or unsafe our own children are each and every day.
We as a society will never get rid of all the guns in the hands of criminals or law-abiding citizens, so the question is what do we do? Arm someone in every school like some are calling for? I can see that side of the argument; it is possible that that person could have saved some of the children, but would he or she have saved all of them? Is one better than 20? I don't think so if you are the parent of that one.
Kenny J. Hanson
The National Children's Museum Reopens!
What a magical photograph by your photographer Roy Lewis that appears on the front-page of the December 20, 2012 issue of the Washington Informer. The facial expressions on all of the participants are so inviting and happy. And what can you say about the sister, Pat Lawson Muse? That facial expression is just great. She is so beautiful anyway, that just adds to her awesome personality. Then add the Muppets from Sesame Street, what a shot!
Looking at the photograph made me feel like a child again. I can't wait to take my kids to the new National Children's Museum. At this time of the year when there is so much bad news and horrific events surrounding us, this was a treasured moment for me.
Lindsay W. Walker
Oxon Hill, Md.