- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 13, 2011

The tragedy in Tucson shook me. I have become so desensitized by the violence in our culture that I am rarely moved by reading about another killing spree. This one, however, struck a dissonant chord inside my heart. A federal judge killed and a beloved civil servant wounded - we’ve finally had enough.

I am at last unwilling to scan the headlines and quickly turn the page. I want answers, justice and a clarion call of righteousness to ring from water cooler chats to the seats of authority in government.

It feels strange to be this incensed now. Previously, had my inner thermostat become lukewarm by the continual parade of violence reported in our media? I certainly hope not. Is there a creeping erosion of our patriotic sense of right and wrong? Every act of violence is a body blow and our country is reeling like a pummeled prize fighter. It is time to recapture a sense of urgency and to recover our moral moorings.

TIMOTHY HEALY

Olney, Md.