Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday Grab Bag: More guns more killings, and separately, a coffee cup

Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, the Dallas killings

America's psychotic violence continues. All of it, all of it, perpetrated with a gun.

The shocking video of the killing of Castile at the hands of a police officer, and now the killing of multiple officers in Dallas, all of this in little over a 24 hour period, leaves me without any words, so I look for the words of others.

"We've got to do better in this country." Someone said that and I agree with it.

Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings said this and I agree with it too, "We as a city, we as a country must come together, lock arms and heal the wounds that we all feel from time to time. Words matter, leadership matters at this time."

Words matter. Leadership matters.

Locally, Somerville mayor Joe Curtatone wasn't wrong when he said this on Facebook this morning, "One thing that should be clear after these murders in Dallas and the killing of Philando Castille (sic) and Alton Sterling is there should only be one side taken here: the side of decency toward our fellow humans. We get nowhere by pitting police against people. What we need is police working with people to provide a safer community."

Words, Leadership, Decency Toward Our Fellow Humans. Working With People. All are needed. I will add Action and Reflection. These are needed too.

And getting guns out of the hands of people who should not have them in the first place. That is also needed.

Stepping back from our collective psychotic brink, here's something much much lighter: my WAMU coffee mug finally cracked. After 25 years of service and many cups of coffee drunk, it has decided to call it quits. We wish it well.

From a great radio station in our nation's capital, farewell