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December 17, 2012

Posted Thursday, December 27, 2012, at 2:28 PM

I have a very good friend named Gary Hogan. "Hogan" as many call him is a valuable member of our community. He lives just outside the city limits of Malden. He has a little tale I've heard him relate many times. It goes something like this. "You have your kids and you just love them to pieces. You want to do everything you can for them. You praise them for the least little thing that they do right and try not to be to critical when they do something wrong. You spend money on them, sometimes when you probably shouldn't, and borrow money if need be to educate them. You will do almost anything you can for your children." Hogan ends his little lesson with a laugh and the line, "And they turn out about average."

There are twenty small children in Newtown, Connecticut, none older than age seven, who will not have a chance to "turn out about average." We all know what happened. No one will ever be able to explain why.

President Obama spoke in Newtown last night. The President talked of the bravery of the teachers who protected their children by hiding them and telling them to hold on "the good guys are coming." The President said correctly that Newtown could be any town in our country and that we as a nation will do all we can for Newtown. There is very little that we can do to alleviate their pain. I intend to send a sympathy card to Newton from the City of Malden and ask that each of you who is so inclined send one as an individual. It will be something tangible and a gesture of solidarity.

This is the Christmas season and a joyous and happy time for most of us. I would like to say thank you and express my deepest appreciation for the "good guys" we depend on in our town and who hold our community together. I say thank you to our police officers who will be heading "in" when others are heading "away" from danger. Also, thank you to our fire department, most of whom are volunteers, and who work at all hours of the day and night whenever the alarm sounds. Thank you to the people who staff our locally owned utility company who roll out in all kinds of weather to repair outages and breaks and perform nasty and dangerous work so we can be comfortable in our homes. Thank you to the many people who freely volunteer their time and often their money to serve on our local governing boards and often endure criticism because this is America, and we are blessed with free speech. I offer a very special thank you to our Malden Schools and the staff and faculty who must feel a particular pain but will continue to educate and protect our children. In Malden we try to look out for each other. Evil does occur, but good ultimately triumphs and that is not warm pabulum but a lesson from human history.

Again, I say thank you to all the people I mentioned for all they do and the Christmas gift they give us all year long, themselves. Please remember Newtown and that we are a good people; we should not accept that these horrible events cannot be prevented. We, as a people, will work together to do what is necessary to make such events if not non existent at least even more rare.

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