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I don’t want to repeat myself so this letter to the Editor will be brief. Only a few months ago, I wrote a letter to the Editor that said, “What does September mean to You? Do you remember the two kids that were killed in East Brunswick that worked at Pathmark? As I said, “This one hit home because it happened here.”

My letter this month reads, “Where will you be in December?” This time it was an Elementary School in Newtown Conn. Many of these little kids were getting ready for Christmas and Santa. They probably had written their letters to Santa at the North Pole. I’ve been a teacher and counselor for forty-five years. I have worked with little kids and adults for half of my life. My favorite people are little kids. The first five years are the most important because they learn what they hear and see at home and in school.

The years zip by as quickly as a wink and all of a sudden this little kid is a finished product.

I was in the Army from 1952 – 1954. I learned to and fired every type of weapon that we had at that time. I don’t have the answers to all the problems in our country and the world and I’m not supposed to. The only one who has those answers is the man upstairs.

Do I have a solution for all those mass murders and when will the next one happen and where?? I saw and know what one bullet can do. Yes, my friends, I do have a solution to stop these senseless murders. And my solution is “The only people that will carry a gun is a police officer or a soldier in the military.” Why? How well do you know your neighbors or friends? Could they have a gun or an assault rifle behind closed doors?

I was in the post office the other day. There was a big red mailbox to mail your letter to Santa. A little girl with her mom reached up and got her letter in. On the way out, I said to her, “Santa will get your letter.” She said, “Mister, did you send your letter yet?” I said, “Not yet.” She replied, “You better hurry.” and “Bye, bye.” I got in my car and I had to sit there for about five minutes. I was angry and sad at the same time.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all that are still with us and to those twenty little ones from Newtown, Conn. that are up above and God Bless You.

Thomas Francis Clark


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