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For whom the bell tolls

December 30, 2012
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

I learned about the Connecticut school shooting just as I stepped up to the podium to speak at a Harrison County school. The principal whispered in my ear that 26 had just been killed in an elementary school before she introduced my history program. I struggled to find my voice as I looked out at the faces of those young students, thinking but for the grace of God it could have been them or a school in Wood County or even my own two grandchildren in Texas. I, along with millions of Americans and probably most of you reading this letter, have shed more than one tear and felt such heartache as we learned the names and some little tidbit about those 20 beautiful little faces and heard the church bells toll once for every victim.



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