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.
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.