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TALKING POINTS: There are no easy answers

Reaction to the latest mass shootings always includes politicians playing the blame game.  Others will make proposals to strengthen gun laws, and increase mental health services, among other things.

The news media goes all out covering every aspect of the tragedies with television even putting their journalists and best talking heads on the front lines. That’s their job but one wonders what the rates are for the suddenly more frequent and lengthier blocks of commercials.

Humans have been killing one another since the beginning of time. It’s well documented throughout history and the brutality of it all is mind boggling.

Is there a serious fix to this seemingly never-ending crisis? The signs are not promising, but there’s always hope.

Thanks for all the security

Whether pre-planned or partly in reaction to the mass shootings and threats across the country earlier this month it was nice to see law enforcement out and about during local community celebrations.

It did seem to some folks that there was more police presence around the celebrations and perhaps even around some of our local shopping areas.

To all of you in law enforcement: Thank you for your service all year round, whether it's routine patrolling, answering calls or for special occasions.

Seriously mom and dad?

It’s being reported that some wealthy parents have been transferring their children’s guardianship to less well-off friends and relatives so they can apply for financial aid packages and need-based scholarships to major public colleges and universities.

How’s that for a scam on all the rest of the taxpayers who share in the support of those colleges and universities?

Enough said.

Back to school

There’s probably a kid under that large backpack you saw at the bus stop or walking down the street this week.

School bells are ringing across Starved Rock Country these days. It’s back to nine more months of the three “R’s” for all of our students.

OK boys and girls, it’s time to put the old nose to the grindstone, concentrate and accomplish something this year, like striving for the best grades you can achieve and for all you high school seniors, preparing yourselves for the best of a higher education or for a career.

Good luck to all of our students across Starved Rock Country, their teachers, coaches and parents.

Have a great school year.

JIM FRENCH, of Ottawa, is retired after 43 years in radio broadcasting, including 33 in Ottawa. You can reach him through The Times by emailing

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