Carter's meeting was pointless
On Wednesday, The Herald printed a letter from Mary Keenan, which supported former President Jimmy Carter's meeting with a known terrorist leader. Her final paragraph implies that Carter's meeting may help the dying people of Gaza.
What might actually help the people of Gaza is for Khaled Mashaal's Hamas terrorist organization to recognize Israel's right to exist. What might also help the people of Gaza is for the terrorists to cease firing indiscriminate rockets at civilians in southern Israel.
Israel has given up land, prisoners, money, etc., supposedly for cooperation and peace with its neighbors, but is consistently met with terrorism and murder. President Carter's meeting (which I still think should never have happened) will be totally useless if Hamas continues its current behavior, which is a significant cause of the suffering of the people of Gaza.
Boy with gun needs counseling
Like many others, I'm shocked by the story of the boy from York Road Elementary who brought the gun to school and much relieved that nobody was hurt or killed. But while the question seems to be about whether or not the boy is competent to be charged and where he got the gun, the question that rings in my mind is: Did this boy's parents teach him about such things?
Do they actually talk with him and explain what can happen when things like guns are handled or do they stay away at work all the time and teach him nothing? There are some people in the world who believe that all a kid needs to have a decent childhood is half a zillion home video games, movies on DVD and a whole lot of junk food. Well, that is not a childhood. Children need to be educated by their parents as well as their schools because schools can't teach children everything. If they could, children wouldn't need their parents, would they?
I believe the boy's parents are more to blame for this than he is. Maybe he brought the gun to school and maybe he threatened a couple of students with it, but it's their job to sit down with him like mature adults and teach him that handling guns is a lethal and dangerous thing to do, especially when you're a child.
I don't remember if the boy being sent to a hospital came up in the story or not, but I think that's the best solution for him. There are some kids his age in the world who go to juvenile detention for committing such acts, but I don't think that's right. Counseling and treatment by doctors and psychiatrists, I believe, is far better.