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Shock

It is al­most get­ting to the point that noth­ing that hap­pens any­more is shock­ing.

Ev­ery time we think that it can get no worse, some­thing comes along that pushes that en­ve­lope even fur­ther.

Satur­day, a de­ranged gun­man in Ari­zona tried his best to kill a con­gress­woman, and in do­ing so took the lives of five in­no­cent peo­ple, in­clud­ing a 9-yearold girl whose only con­cern was to learn more about how her govern­ment works.

It was im­pos­si­ble to stem the tears at the heart­break felt for the vic­tims of such a sense­less crime.

It was im­pos­si­ble not to feel hope­less frus­tra­tion, that this more-than-sick gun­man didn’t come up on some­body’s radar be­fore this tragedy hap­pened.

What we have to keep in mind is that these killings were done by a sin­gle gun­man: It was not po­lit­i­cal, it was not caused by any po­lit­i­cal party.

We are alarmed when this tragedy is turned into some­thing po­lit­i­cal, as oc­curred when the 74-yearold sher­iff of Pima County, Ariz., in­ter­jected his bi­ased feel­ings into an in­ter­view that should have been filled with facts.

There’s also a con­gress­man from Penn­syl­va­nia who wants to in­tro­duce a bill that makes it a fed­eral of­fense to speak out against any con­gress­man.

Yes, this was a tragedy, but it wasn’t a tragedy that calls for in­hibit­ing our free speech. Noth­ing that hap­pens should ever change that right.

We hope that jus­tice is swift and true for the Tuc­son gun­man.

Dixie Ju­bilee

They’re pickin’ and grin­nin’ again in New­born. The New­born Opry, a gospel and blue­grass con­cert se­ries at the Old School­house in New­born, has been re­vived and re­named as the Dixie Ju­bilee.

Hats off to mu­si­cian Steve Big­gers for re­viv­ing the decade-old con­cert se­ries that of­fers a safe, fam­i­lyfriendly place for the com­mu­nity to come to­gether and en­joy some live mu­sic.

Dixie Ju­bilee is one of the few places in Newton County to en­joy lo­cal folks per­form­ing old-time mu­sic. Big­gers says it’s no money-maker, but it’s some­thing he can do to make life a bit more fun for mu­sic-lovers. That’s re­fresh­ing. Dixie Ju­bilee asks for a $3 do­na­tion to cover its costs. That’s a mod­est sum to pay for an evening of top-notch lo­cal mu­sic.

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