A more caring America

I can’t believe the maturity and insight of a letter to the editor written by Eric Walters, a sophomore at Silver Bluff High School about “Making Sense of It.” Folks, let’s all pay attention to his words and stop the arguing and judgmental attitudes and change our own actions and attitudes to create a better, more caring, America.

Act of kindness

My wife and I had breakfast at IHOP on Thursday, Dec. 20, when, out of the blue, a kind lady came up and laid an IHOP gift certificate on our table then quickly walked off. My wife thanked her, but I didn’t get a chance to (it all happened so fast). So, kind and caring person, if you are reading this, which I pray you are, I want to tell you that I hope God gives you a long and joyous life, and that he continues to richly bless you. I thank you from my heart.

Thoughts and prayers

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Newtown, Conn.; I’m so sorry for your losses. I have an 8-year-old, and I can only imagine.

Destroying a gun

In the wake of the Newtown massacre, I decided that I did not want to keep the handgun that I own in my home any longer. I wanted it destroyed. I called the sheriff’s department, and I was initially told that confiscated guns are sold at auction if the serial number is still intact. When I protested that I did not want that option, I was told that one can turn in a gun with specific instructions that it be destroyed. My handgun was picked up today, and I am glad to have it out of my house. I have grandchildren.

Southern as can be

I was born in Aiken. My parents in Barnwell County. None of my relatives were ever born north of North Carolina. From England and Ireland in the 1700s and 1800s to basically here. Get the picture? I am as Southern as one could be. We grew up eating grits, scrapple and liver pudding. Liver pudding and scrapple are not the same.

Targets for violence

In Aiken, we have armed police officers at some schools and have for some time. Schools are targets for violence because parents, teachers and administration cannot legally arm themselves. The mentally ill appear to focus on this fact before their murderous acts. Columbine, Virginia Tech and now Sandy Hook in Connecticut are examples. As a former armed security officer and current NRA member, I support additional gun control. But our schools need more relaxed weapon laws. When I read that teachers and professors have illegally hidden weapons in their locked desks for years, nothing else need be stated.