The mass killer of students at Northern Illinois University is getting all the attention he sought — his photo and name beamed all over the world! Right now the next mass killer is planning his murderous strategy designed to garner maximum attention, even following his suicide.
Right now television networks are asking: "Who was Steven P. Kazmierczak?" "What was his motive?" I believe the media should take some responsibility for these mass killings because of round-the-clock coverage which seems to highlight the perpetrator's unhappy and abused life rather than the deaths of the victims. And all this attention generates more fodder for copy-cat murderers.
Perhaps if the media, law enforcement, school officials, and businesses would agree not to release the names and photos of these mass killers at least for 48-72 hours, the killers would know prior to their crime that their identity would most likely remain anonymous. The media is usually leery of undocumented information, and when the tragedy is no longer breaking news, the public would move on to the next news story.
Will the next mass killing involve someone you love? — Susan Davis, Jacksonville
I recently changed my affiliation to the Democratic Party so I could vote for the person I felt would make the best presidential candidate nominee. You can imagine my delight when I found out that the super delegates would be making the decision for me.
CNN had a revealing interview with a super delegate where she assured everyone she would be voting from her heart. Another CNN analysis informed me that 80 percent of the super delegates have in the past voted for the candidate that gave them the most money.
I am ecstatic to be relieved of the time-consuming burden of studying the issues, watching debates and trying to make an informed decision. I can now sleep better knowing that the next presidential candidate will be decided by people who will vote from their heart or their pocketbook. Is this a great country or what! I now have all this extra time on my hands.
In order to help inform more voters of this great time-saving process, the Democratic Party should change its name to the Elite 800 Club. Democracy is so yesterday.
I have only one very small problem with this process which is I can't get used to — the smell of rotten eggs. — Russell Smith, Applegate
I am very troubled at the way the media is glorifying the gunman in the slayings at Northern Illinois University.
We as a society are so enthralled with learning all of the details of the killer. We wonder what he was like, what made him do it. Apparently, we are trying to explain away the evil that is inherently present in our society.
Instead of giving him the glory, what about the students that died? I haven't heard anything about them. What were their names? What were their goals and aspirations in life? What had they accomplished in their short lives? Maybe if we gave more attention to the victims, mass shootings would be less attractive to the sick mind. — Kathy Schlaefli, Central Point
In response to Marilyn Hawkins' article titled "Why McCain won't win" (Feb. 16):
1. " He's not particularly interested in domestic issues, especially health care and education." Perhaps Mr. McCain has a better understanding of the U.S. Constitution than Ms. Hawkins.
My suggestion to Ms. Hawkins is: read and comprehend the 10th Amendment. Then, try to find in our Constitution the delegated federal power for regulating health care and/or education. It does not currently exist.
2. "He's a long-standing opponent of a woman's right to choose." Please finish this sentence by adding "to terminate a human life." — C.J. Wiesenfarth, Eagle Point