Life and death ... in a small town

Notes from the North Woods

I believe the incident signaled the end of innocence for many citizens of the Boomer Generation. I know it did for me.

Unfortunately, the insanity did not end there, and it appears such events have continued seemingly unabated. It also appears they are becoming more frequent, and our responses have been less effective.

Like most of the nation, my heart sunk as word of the most recent such incident rattled across the television news and other media outlets.

As I listened to unfolding news of the massacre, there was an old fear rumbling in the back of my mind. It was a ping of fate that hadn’t been disturbed since the 1960’s.

It struck a particular nerve, as my younger brother now serves as principal for the Red Hook Elementary School, which is located less than a half hour’s drive from Sandy Hook.

My heartfelt sorrow and prayers now go out to yet another traumatized town in small, town America.

Connecticut Governor Malloy summed it up when he explained, “evil visited this community today. “

I know there never be an explanation, since there is no rational answer for an irrational act. However, as a nation, we must begin to work together on a process to put an end to such madness.

And we should all remember, “There but for the grace of God…”

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net.

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