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December 22, 2012

TUCKER: Winter weather blues

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Tonawanda News — ***

Everyone surely has a comment on the most horrible, tragic event in Connecticut. Lots of blame to go around, for sure.

However, what about the most violent movies and TV shows that have been coming our way for a number of years, each movie more violent than the one preceding it, the TV shows that can’t seem to get enough of blood and gore and which are offensive to many except the young. Then there’s the X-box and video games, which even if they are rated for younger children, are violent as well. How young people can view all this and have the images nearly burned into their minds and not be affected is beyond me. Do you remember the “Legion of Decency” which rated movies? Imagine that the Legion were alive today. There would hardly be a movie or video that would pass inspection. And let’s not forget the kids who are violent to their teachers who have no way of combating this as teachers are at the mercy of such out-of-control students.

I would, however, like to qualify the statement on students as there are far more really good kids out there and all one has to do is look at the News and all the good they are doing in the community. The Christmas for Kids at Tonawanda High School was remarkable and that school was one of dozens in our area whose students helped the needy, the elderly, the homeless. Kudos to them and their dedicated teachers. So often we look at the “bad” and forget the “good.”

Let’s pray for the families of the victims of the school tragedy as they face this holiday season.

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Are you “yarned out?

If you were one of the dozens who donated yard, here’s a report form MaryBeth Kupiec, president of the DeGraff Memorial Hospital’s auxiliary and also coordinator of volunteer services and the McLaughlin Center.

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