Start with good supervision

DEAR EDITOR:

They were bad, perhaps not to the bone. In all their lawless ways, they had a taint of goodness.

The early 1930s crime in Chicago was at a high. Kingpin gangster Al Capone made his livelihood with bootleg whiskey and beer. The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre was not one of his good days. The gangster had a business, and if you interfered, he would send out his goons to wake you up, or put you to sleep.

That taint of goodness I spoke of? Capone opened a soup kitchen for people needing food. He tried to feed the hungry. Still, we should not think of him as a saint.

Today, society calls out “enough” of what is happening in America. Innocent people — with no discrimination toward age, being total strangers to the killers and no business dealings as an issue for the crimes — are being slaughtered by our American youth. They are carrying out a genocide, for their own reasons.

We keep putting them in an accepted category or box them as “mental illness,” when the focus should be on the lack of guidance in their lives.

They lacked the love of life along with the world they live in. They lacked common sense about the act they committed, now bringing their life to an abrupt end.

We look at them as “bad to the bone.” We need to empower family life with Christian values, along with a goal for their future. Start by changing American tragedies with good supervision.

PAUL LAWSON

McDonald

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