CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING LEAVES LITTLE ELSE TO SAY … MORE LEFTOVERS FROM THE BIG BANG: “THE TRIAL AND PERSECUTION OF TERRY KINNAS AS PRESENTED BY THE INMATES OF THE PITTSFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM” … plus … NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN TAILGATE-GATE
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
ADD #1 DEC. 14, EVENING — When we posted this blog early this morning, the tragic events in Newtown, Conn., had yet to occur. The first 911 call came in at 9:41 a.m. During the course of the day, THE PLANET was purposefully not near a television or other news device. We were in one of our offices, writing a magazine article on a tight deadline. In the early afternoon, when we stopped at a local pharmacy for a flu shot, we heard the first mention. In the evening, we then apprised ourselves of the details.
In light of the incident, we shall not be updating the Terry Kinnas with hunt trial or Tailgate-gate. THE PLANET will say we have more information on both, which we shall be presenting in the near future. In the meantime, we have little to say about the incidents in Connecticut. We shall see the usual over-reaction on the one hand and the callous dismissals on the other. The truth will be somewhere in between. We are convinced, though, that it would be a mistake to let the lone actions of crazed gunman produce more Homeland Security measures.
Morality cannot be legislated. Pass all the laws you wish, and unless there is conversion inside of the human heart, there will still be days like today to set the country back on its heels and give the world more concern about America. THE PLANET regrets that a certain few readers of this website would use the events in Newtown for their own narrow-minded purposes.
One reader employed the tragedy to excuse a closed “open” meeting by the Community Outreach Subcommittee of the Reid Middle School Council whereby the group locked the doors and posted no signage, thus ensuring that members of the public, including Kinnas, could not obtain free and easy access. Another used the tragedy as evidence of Dan Valenti‘s callousness and heartlessness, because we ran the satiric photos.
One would not think such unenlightened, unschooled, practically illiterate behavior could be there in our community. And when you realize that these are the people who are defending the indefensible in our woefully underperforming public schools, one begins to see why schools such as Reid and Taconic are in so much trouble.
THE PLANET is buoyed, on the other hand, to know that there are many great parents, kids, and teachers in local schools, who have been outshouted though not outclassed by the ignorant others. Such a one of a THS mom who sent THE PLANET this letter, responding to one of the head-in-the-sand apologists:
|Mr. Football Player, your naivete is dangerous and misleading. I have a teenager at Taconic and one who graduated from there recently. Not only are drugs easily available to buy (and I mean even the hardest hard core drugs) but they are also being done on the preimises, including the bathrooms.
My kids and I have a healthy open dialogue about drugs and alcohol because addiction runs in their family, so we have had to have many a discussion on the topic. I want to make sure they have a healthy attitude about and respect for drugs and also want them to be able to come to me for information, and to let me know of their curiosities and concerns.
In these discussions it has come up MANY times that they have been offered to them in school. IN school and in the woods BEHIND the school, meaning on the property.
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We would invite readers to share their feelings about the Connecticut slayings as well as local school matters for the remainder of this weekend. Our prayers will be offered for the victims of the tragedy and their family, friends, and loved ones.
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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, FRIDAY, DEC. 14, 2012) — According to those jejune interpretations of the Mayan calendar, we only have one more week before planetary doom. That would seem to leave us with little time to waste. Thus,in the interests of moving the story forward, we present more leftovers from the Big Bang, a.k.a., “The Trial and Persecution of Terry Kinnas As Presented by the Inmates of the Pittsfield Public School System.”
Let’s start with some exclusive photography, snapped by one of THE PLANET’s staff shutterbugs using a 1948 Speed Graphix:
Our photographer, Asel Adams, has a knack for composition, as you can plainly see. The photos accurately convey the atmosphere during the trial. We understand an appeal is being filed, even as we tap on these keys.
MORE TO COME … STAY TUNED … IT GETS BETTER … plus … TAILGATE-GATE UPDATE.
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.