Letter to the Editor: The End of Madness Letters to the editors

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In general, people are not born criminals, they are created by them. Who or what are the creators? Family, relatives, neighborhood gangs, friends, enemies, racist organizations, poverty, superstition, religion and lack of employment are among the factors contributing to criminal behavior.

“You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” is a show tune from Rogers and Hammerstein’s 1949 musical “South Pacific.” Some of the texts are as follows:

You need to be taught to hate and be afraid … You need to be taught from year to year … You need to be taught until it’s too late … Until you turn six, seven or eight … Hate all the people your relatives hate. .. You need to teach carefully!

Unfortunately, too many people have been taught and acquired a tendency to hate people of other races, religions, ethnicities or sexual orientations. This is typical of the dualistic mentality of “we are against them”. They are different and therefore should be feared and hated.

The latest mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, is an example of the aforementioned tune.

Mass shootings are so commonplace in modern society that one wonders whether one should leave home for shopping or other matters. I checked out Amazon and there are some very nice body armor and helmets.

But again our idle Congress will offer thoughts and prayers, but without substantial legislation to put an end to the madness. To do this, turn off the tap.

– David Keranen, Bakersfield

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