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Opinion Letters

It’s a matter of faith. Bottom line. As I sat and watched the emotional destruction illuminated on the parents face I felt my own heart leap in my chest. Their world crashed, their hopes, their dreams, and their very life as they knew it ended with those words. The responsibility of telling parents that their child is dead is not something I would wish on anyone. What devastating news to hear, what devastating news to have to report. As a parent myself I feel for both parents, the months and years ahead stretch on to eternity. It is an indescribable pain that only numbs the heart through the years, one never forgets, only learns ways to cope with the loss.

As a Child Life Specialist and Counselor I see firsthand how not only children but parents and nurses and doctors deal with terminal illness. Everyone deals with it differently. Some become angry at God, some lose their hope and faith, some disconnect to their emotions entirely, seeking healing in the bottom of a bottle of whiskey or the bottom of a prescription bottle of pills to help them cope. Some accept the pain and find peace in the fact that Heaven gained an angel where their child will never have to feel pain again but will be waiting for their loved ones to cross over to the other side when their time comes.

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To the Republican chairman: Why not get the story right, the only motive was to go to a Republican Convention now that I was registered Republican.

Where you got your information about what happened that day is wrong and untrue. You say I was a frequent visitor to your headquarters and was a champion for your Republican candidates is not true. I was a messenger to your headquaters to invite Mr. Davis to a dinner meeting of one of our veterans’ organizations. They had one Democrat and one Republican there. I instructed them, no politics at dinner. We were interested in their lives and background. We enjoyed both of them.

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We all look forward to this Sunday, May 10, when we celebrate Mother’s Day and the cherished bond between mother and child. Ironically, dairy cows - world-wide symbols of motherhood - never get to see their babies.

The newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth and turned into veal cutlets, so we can drink the milk that nature designed for them.

The distraught mothers bellow for days, hoping for their return.

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With thanks to the Franklin Garden Club, the beautiful plantings at Clock Tower/Rankin Square have brought a huge splash of treasured green space into our downtown.

One acquaintance recently remarked that was one important reason she moved here, saying “that garden in the center of town made me just know this city cares about itself.” Yes! As important as parades and festivals and banners is the “looks of the place” that encourages people to want to slow down and stick around.

For years garden club members have diligently maintained and expanded the plantings to give residents and tourists alike, an uplifting sense of calm and natural beauty amid the pavement. And now they have created a certified NWF Wildlife Habitat at Clock Tower Square, showing that cities can purposely create space for wildlife, another example of “community caring.”

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