Angelenos are in the midst of celebrating Christmas with people all over the world. It’s a time of colorful lights and mad rushing around to buy gifts, attend parties, and cook up favorite treats and holiday meals.
It’s a time of religious observances and being thankful for the many blessings received and it’s a time for showing charity and spreading a little cheer to those less fortunate.
But in the midst of it all, we are too often visited by mankind’s inability to get along, by the tragedies born out of hatred, narcissism, and lack of conscience
One most recent example is the despicable ambush murder of two New York police officers.
The alleged shooter it seems had made reference to avenging the officer involved shootings of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Gardner in New York. We understand the fervent sense of injustice felt by African Americans and many others who feel they have been victimized, but the argument that killing the two uninvolved officers will somehow atone for Brown and Gardner’s deaths makes no sense.
We can only hope that all these deaths will weigh heavily on us as a society, and help stop the violence.
The recent rash of innocent lives lost, including those of children being struck down by someone who had no business being behind the wheel of a car, should also be a reminder that we all have a responsibility to not drive if we have been consuming alcohol, taking medications or using illegal drugs.
We also must have the courage and fortitude to speak up if we believe someone is intoxicated, and take measures to keep them from getting behind the wheel of a car. Innocent people should not have to suffer the consequences of others bad decisions.
We wish everyone a peaceful, safe and Merry Christmas.