The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Editorials

December 16, 2012

A nation in sorrow

DANVILLE — None of can know the horror the parents of 20 children experienced when they learned their babies were among the dead in Newtown, Conn.

Police say the son of a teacher at the school arrived Friday morning, took two handguns, entered the school and starting shooting.

By the time he took his own life a short time later, 20 children and six adults — including the shooter’s mother — were dead. The children were in kindergarten through the fourth grade.

Schools should be safe places, full of learning and laughter. Death should not walk through the halls.

Local schools already lock their doors, discuss procedures with teachers and make evacuation plans should a similar terror strike here.

Something must be done to stop this scene, one that has become too familiar, from happening again. There must be something.

This isn’t about guns or who should have access to them. This is more about identifying people who suffer with mental illness and making sure they receive the treatment they need.

The frustration we all feel in the wake of such incidents grows every times the scene repeats itself.

How can we stop it? What can we do?

A solution must be found. Too many people have died.

That discussion must be conducted on a national scale, and it should be done soon. If the lobbies on the left and right control our elected leaders so well that they try to stifle such a discussion, then they need to be replaced. Soon.

But today is not the time for all of that. Today, we all join the families in Connecticut and help mourn their losses as they prepare for more than 20 funerals..

Our hearts are broken.

There are no words.

1
Text Only
Editorials
  • Donate to Salvation Army Believe it or not, one Danville District 118 school will open its doors Monday to begin a new year. Northeast Elementary Magnet School operates on a balanced calendar, and will start classes next week.The remainder of Danville and area schools will b

    July 18, 2014

  • Downtown remains key Members of Downtown Danville Inc. say goodbye soon to the group’s director, Dana Schaumburg, as she steps away to pursue other professional opportunities. Shaumburg has done a nice job with DDI, and everyone wishes her luck.The opening gives DDI memb

    July 13, 2014

  • Laura Lee vital to all Laura Lee Fellowship House marks its 100th year of serving the Danville community this year, and its leaders also must deal with a serious threat to the agency.Tough economic times during the past decade or so have rocked many non-profit agencies. No

    July 11, 2014

  • Demolitions will help all Danville officials recently approved spending more than $200,000 to remove vacant, dilapidated structures. That’s a hefty piece of change, but spending the money now should yield dividends in the future.City officials have fought a battle against dil

    July 9, 2014

  • Celebrate our birthday Flags will fly today, fireworks will explode and freedom will be celebrated as Americans mark their Independence Day, the Fourth of July. For 238 years, we have marked the day with speeches, parades and all sorts of festivities — just as those who si

    July 4, 2014

  • New trail will help many A long-planned recreational trail between Kickapoo State Park just northwest of Danville and the city of Urbana moved significantly closer to reality this week with the state’s announcement it had purchased the final piece of property for the project

    July 3, 2014

  • Jobs mean more than pay Area teenagers might find it more difficult to land summer jobs these days as they compete with adult workers who lack specific skills needed for higher paying positions.The situation outlined in a story on Page 1A of today’s Commercial-News shows jo

    June 29, 2014

  • Add a fourth resource officer Danville Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason recently proposed adding a fourth school resource officer in District 118 schools. City officials and school board members are considering the addition. It’s one that looks worthwhile.School resource

    June 27, 2014

  • Let the light shine in A recent survey ranks Illinois among the most politically corrupt states in the nation. The Land of Lincoln was the fourth most corrupt state, falling in line behind Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee.With two of the past governors three governors

    June 25, 2014

  • Tradition lives on at the fair This year’s edition of the Vermilion County Fair opens its gates Monday at the fairgrounds just off U.S. Route 150 west of Danville, continuing a long tradition of honoring agriculture’s role in our community.County fairs enjoy a long tradition in th

    June 22, 2014

E-edition
AP Video
UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Shark Sightings a Big Catch for Cape Tourism Native American Teens Get Taste of College Legendary Actor James Garner Dies Ukraine Rebels: Black Boxes Will Be Returned Recording May Show Attempt at Crash Cover-up
NDN Video
Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open NOW TRENDING: Real life Pac-Man Explosions as hot air balloon crashes in Clinton DUI Driver Dragged to Safety by Officer After Walking Onto Busy Freeway Celebrities That We'd Like to Send to the Moon Spectacular lightning storm hits London Malaysian Flight Victim Was South Florida Grad Rory McIlroy on pace to break British Open records Officials Fear MH17 Site Now Tampered by Rebels Lowes employees repair Vietnam vet's wheelchair Widow of Staten Island man who died after NYPD takedown says he was unjustifiably targeted
Must Read