While the investigation into ADI continues – and we, too, will be following its progress – I have to say thanks to the many folks who have taken the time to comment on the coverage provided by CV Weekly. Mary O’Keefe has been working diligently in gathering the facts and her story last week was a clear reflection of the information that has been made available. Rest assured that we will continue to provide you with the level of coverage that you have come to expect from your community newspaper.
Nationally, the shocking slaughter of six people and injury to 14 others from a deranged shooter in Tucson on Saturday has rocked the country. How horrific to think that attending a public function – political or otherwise – could result in such devastation. What a loss for the families and I know I join with so many in the nation in expressing my condolences.
However, I understand that I do not join everyone in the United States in expressing my sadness.
There’s a group – the Westboro Baptist Church – whose agenda of hate is an affront to – well, most anyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re religious or atheist, politically active or disinterested – the ideals that this organization clings to encourages the picketing of funerals. Funerals. And apparently the members of this “church” were planning on protesting the funerals of those who were mowed down on Saturday. They had declared their plan to picket the service of the youngest victim, 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, because “God sent the shooter to deal with idolatrous America.”
But don’t worry, folks – a spokesman for Westboro Baptist said church members would not protest at the child’s funeral in exchange for airtime on two radio stations.
A sad side note is that Christina was born on Sept. 11, 2001 – she arrived on a tragic day and died on one.
My condolences to all.