Where is regard for human life?

We hesitated to interrupt your enjoyment of the holiday season with this, but it needs to be written: We believe the recent horrific tragedy in Newtown, Conn., is as much about the breakdown of the American value system as anything. Our mainstream-media brethren will continue to overanalyze the ownership of and the use of guns as the culprit in this shocking event. We already have watched – and will continue to watch for weeks – experts speaking of all the possible reasons; they will pontificate until we are more traumatized. President Barack Obama, who was genuinely and deeply touched by the killings, pointed to a debate that he said should take politics out of it. We know it’s about guns, and guns were used to commit this unconscionable, despicable act. The deeper issue? Try this: As a nation, we have lost all respect and regard for human life, and until our values are reversed in that respect, we can expect more horrendous tragedies as was experienced in Newtown. We have created in the last 40 years a culture based on our idolization and emulation of much of what Hollywood produces; it’s a constant contributing factor to our lost moral soul as a nation. Need we say more? Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims and the survivors of this tragic occurrence.

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Lawmakers in Long Island, N.Y., are about to make yet another intrusion on personal liberty. This time, overly caffeinated beverages consumed by teenagers are in the crosshairs. Yes, the drinks amp up one’s heart, and no, there is no therapeutic effect when consuming them, but this is about personal choice and education at home. Face it; a six-pack of certain caffeinated sodas will achieve the same result. Stop reaching, government!

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We and our associates here at Current wish you and yours a wonderful, safe, restful and fulfilling Christmas.

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly is the co-founder, president and publisher of Current Publishing, LLC. You can contact him at executive.brian@currentincarmel.com.

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