Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Utah in the news

THE BAD: Last night an 18 year old man went into a mall in a trench coat and began firing at random people. After he killed five people and wounded four, he was shot and killed by the police. I am waiting for the media to begin the blame game. It is the parents fault. No, it is our violent culture. No, it is the guns. Let's get a few things straight. First, spree killings have occurred throughout history. This is nothing new. Second, there is only one person to blame for this; the gunman. Please keep the victim, their families, and yes even the gunman in your prayers.

THE GOOD: Holy crap! We now have vouchers for student attending private schools. I never thought I would live to see the day. The NEA affiliate here in the state is very powerful and has been very successful in stopping educational reform for years. This year the legislature was not cowed and the governor signed the bill. It isn't perfect. It only applies to student who are new to the system or who are now enrolled in public schools. But it is a start. Not a done deal yet, no doubt the ACLU or some like minded group will challenge the law in court.

THE ADMIRABLE: Long time readers will know that I have little use for the Mormon Church. (Heck, if I had use for it, I would be a member.) But here is a story of a Mormon Bishop (think pastor) whose wife and children were killed by a DUI driver. His forgiveness of the young man who killed his family is an example to us all.
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