Rich started writing for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin as music critic for the symphony and opera seasons. Originally from Granite City, IL, he graduated from Simpson College with a degree in music education. In 1984 he received his MA in Music ...
Rich started writing for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin as music critic for the symphony and opera seasons. Originally from Granite City, IL, he graduated from Simpson College with a degree in music education. In 1984 he received his MA in Music Education from Truman State. Now retired, Rich enjoyed reading, writing music and short essays. He is the director of Kirksville Community Chorus.
MCKNOTES TIME OUT
As much as I’d like to honor my commitment to write two articles a week, as I sit here tonight, I can only think of the horrible tragedy in Connecticut. There are so many levels to this horrible event, and undoubtedly, there will be a strong political aspect that evolves out of this senseless occurrence. If you’re like I am, you can only think of praying, and even that seems a bit hollow. There are two issues, however, that our country needs to look at closely. One of those issues is the seemingly ever increasing occurrence of mental illness. I’m not sure why this is not addressed with more energy and funding, but we are no longer in the dark ages and need to do our best to make some headway so that these sad eruptions of senseless and sickening occurrences diminish rather than increase, as seems to be the case in recent history.
The other issue is the gun laws. I don’t think anyone wants to take a hunter’s rifle away, but there are certainly weapons out there that are intended just for killing people. This can be changed and should be. Of course there will be people who think that this is the wrong issue to address at this time, but in my view, it’s the right time to really have a sensible discussion about what can be done to keep weapons out of the hands of those who are mentally unable to handle the responsibility. I don’t know how anyone can argue with that, but I’m convinced that some will.
That’s all. There’s nothing more to say. I can’t write about Christmas cheer tonight, or about the New Year. Nothing else seems important. Instead of reading a long blog segment, take a bit of time to silently consider this horrible problem our society faces.