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We must turn tragedy into hope

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I wish for greater respect for all humans. That those who carry weapons and seek to do harm as an expression of hatred towards others, or even themselves that they could just respect people of different views, faith, skin color, sexual orientation or nationality. They call it world peace. I’m sure we all would love to witness it, even if only for a day.

I wish for great opportunity for all children. To be raised in safe homes by loving parents, with food on the table, a warm roof overhead, a safe education system that prepares them for fruitful lives full of promise and a lifetime of Christmases everyday.

I wish for the end to the many dreaded diseases, ailments and birth defects that affect the population. I see so many brave individuals who face life with these burdens and do so with such courage and inspiration.

I wish more people could experience faith in a supreme being and openly practice their faith by attending services each week and recognize that only through our trust in God will we overcome much of what troubles our world today.

I wish more folks of good fortune would share some of what they have with others less fortunate. We all witness those who give from the heart regularly even at times when they don’t have much. Just imagine a world full of people helping and caring for each other.

I wish our government and all governments would put aside their bickering and seek compromise for the people they govern by finding the common ground and recognizing the important leadership roles they play in advancing a god loving and peaceful society.

I wish for Christmas 2012 to be a turning point in a world that seems to have lost its way. Despite remarkable technology, advancements in the medical and scientific fields we need the saving grace of the miracle child born so many years ago.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and owner and publisher of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com..

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