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It’s school. Children go there to learn, to see their friends, to grow. They have every right (or should have) to feel safe in their classrooms, gymnasiums and cafeterias.

Anymore, we wonder if they do.

School districts have been forced to increase security measures - which we applaud.

Still, these efforts divert time and money away from the purpose of school itself.

Obviously, this trend of guns at schools looks likely to continue unless we do something about it.

What, we’re not completely sure - arming faculty and staff members, having each student pass through a metal detector, walling off our schools like prisons.

We don’t have the answer.

But we do know, with the numbers piling up like they are, something has to be done.

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January 19, 2014

The (Freeport) Journal-Standard

Martin Luther King’s dream should be our dream, too

Martin Luther King’s dream has not been achieved. Despite many advances in civil rights since King was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the age of 39 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., racism is alive and well.

Racism will only die if we collectively drive a stake through its heart.

King once said, “Life’s persistent and most urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” That’s a question we can ask ourselves every day, but it is especially appropriate today.

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