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Letter to the editor: No compassion?

October 6, 2017

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To the editor:

As politicians, spokespeople and ministers grapple with the horrific events of this last week, both here in Lawrence and around our country, trying to make sense of it and come to a rational solution, they should look at the disconnect that many have with their fellow citizens. A top lawyer and vice president for a major television network commented that the victims in Las Vegas didn’t deserve any sympathy, as country music fans were likely Republican. Though affluent and highly educated, such callous indifference to human life hearkens back to the time when Gen. Sherman was tasked with dealing with the “Indian problem” out West. When asked about blankets given to the Indians infected with diseases and the shooting of women and children, he commented, “nits make lice.”

Has that become the norm for the moral compass of America? Those who disagree with us are no longer deserving of compassion or life itself? Have we become so disinterested in our fellow man that we blithely shrug off the killing of those who are not of our ilk that we treat it with the same dispassionate glance as did many during World War II?

One should seriously fear for the fate of this country and the principles that it was founded on. May my God, or yours, help us all.

Comments

Richard Heckler 1 month, 2 weeks ago

"A top lawyer and vice president for a major television network commented that the victims in Las Vegas didn’t deserve any sympathy, as country music fans were likely Republican." Not only callous can we say insensitive?

Not to mention that is not a true statement.

Bob Smith 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Denial is not only a river in Egypt, it's also Richard's view of anything he doesn't like.

Richard Aronoff 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Totally true, Richard Heckler, and she was fired immediately.

Ken Lassman 1 month, 2 weeks ago

So we've established that insensitivity and objectification exists at both extremes of the political spectrum. Dare I say that this is not a revelation? The writer hearkens back to Sherman's reprehensible attitude 150 years ago, and history is full of such atrocious statements back as far as we can look. The LTE writer challenges us to reach for a moral compass as a corrective action and I could not agree more.

So how does this end? I don't think that we can legislate away such behavior which seems to be as old as humanity, therefore don't expect this to be the last mass shooting in the US or anywhere else. But there are many, many ways to curb its impact and influence. I personally intend to spend more time with folks who look at the world differently from myself, not with the intention of changing their minds so much as listening to their lives and understanding where they are coming from. If they are able to do the same, and I have every confidence that they can, then perhaps we can find common ground from which to not only respect each other but also build/strengthen a community based on shared values, not opposing camps of gated communities.

That's the kind of community that I think that most Americans want to live in, and it's really in our power to move toward that goal in each of our lives.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I agree, that what Geftman-Gold said was disgusting and I'm glad she was fired. But why hasn't Alex Jones been fired?

Brock Masters 1 month, 2 weeks ago

What did he say that warrants his firing?

Daniel Kennamore 1 month, 2 weeks ago

"A top lawyer and vice president for a major television network commented that the victims in Las Vegas didn’t deserve any sympathy, as country music fans were likely Republican."

And they were summarily fired for saying so.

If only people on the right were held as accountable for their deplorable statements.

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