Dec 16, 2012
On Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, at
Sandy Hook Elementary School, first responders, fire and police, showed up, witnessed and reported a scene
that no man, woman or child should ever have to deal with---little children's bodies lying here and there with physical
wounds that obviously rendered them dead. And among the 20 children, another 6 bodies
of adults, these the educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
As the first responders, duty bound and
compassionate, went about the gruesome task they had to perform, they cried, they had to go off and be
alone for moments at a time, they hugged one another, they consoled each other, they gave support to one another---and they
cried. And they also stood strong, supporting the moms and dads that would come to identify
A fleet of ambulances lined up at the school to rush the injured to the waiting staff
at the hospital.
Not far from the school, Dr. Murphy, head of Danbury Hospital,
amassed a team of 80 doctors and nurses to handle the injured. At first, ambulances brought in three injured,
all within a 10 minute window. After no further activity for more than 30 minutes, the hospital staff were
crushed, they knew there would be no more injured arriving and, to them, that meant there were many that were dead.
ambulances left without their lights flashing---there were no injured, there was no need to rush.
of parents showed up at the school, many left hand-in-hand with their child or children. Some parents walked
away, sobbing, crying out in anguish and holding onto only each other. Their child would not walk hand-in-hand
with them---not ever again.
The school teachers, the office personnel, the other students,
all the families that enrolled their children at Sandy Hook Elementary and the townspeople have all been affected by this
tragic event that took the lives of little people and the teachers that loved teaching these little minds. Such
an horrific event can stunt the emotional, psychological and mental growth of anyone, especially the mind of such a young
child. This tragedy did not end for them with the last shot fired, it will continue for years, and for
some, for a lifetime.
The state of Connecticut, the state of this union, the entire nation has been affected.
The nation has been affected by similar horrific events, in times before. (READ MORE)
Dec. 11, 2012
"OBAMACARE: POETICALLY INCORRECT"
Obamacare-- it's just unfair.
info, you now must share.
Good medical care will become rare,
Once the Government controls the fare.
stand and dare,
Or just accept substandard care?
Dec 4, 2012
COMPLAINING--TIME TO MOVE ON"
My views and beliefs are no secret, that's for sure. I am as conservative as the next person,
maybe even more so. I am quite concerned as to the direction of our nation and am opposed to many, if not
most, initiatives the current and next administration continues to promote. But, geez people---get a life.
We just ended an election whereby the man that stays in office was elected through the process we cherish and much of the
world wants---the right to cast a vote FREELY.
All of this sour grapes regarding the election
is a bit over the top, don't you think? Why are so many still focused on the ins-and-outs of how the
campaigns were run and examining the profiles of voters. As though we have nothing better to do than cry
over spilled milk. If those now going on and on about how they think, know, assume, figure, surmise,
plan, plot, relay, excuse, accept, etc, etc.---were to examine their own efforts during the campaigns, we could sum this up
Where were all these lay people that are flooding the social
networks with all these rude, crude, uncalled for, disrespectful and poor examples of adult behavior? They
were in the same place they are today: sitting on their duffs and typing away, expounding
their views on social internet pages, such as Facebook and Twitter. They didn't DO anything before
or during and they aren't DOING anything now. Don't they get it: Social
media "Type Talking" doesn't get it.
If you are one of these
spewing forth hatred, mockery, insults and other examples of rotten behavior, here's a clue: Typing about it on FB
doesn't cut it. You, of course, should have figured that from the election results? All that griping,
harping, complaining, blaming and degrading you and others were displaying, along with the smug rhetorical attitudes about
when "you take over"; it hasn't worked out too well for you.
As for myself,
I don't see how all of this is doing anything but alienating more people; voters to be more exact. If
ever there was a need for unification, isn't that now? If you recall, it was the widely splintered
factions that, void of a concentrated effort, were the forerunners of the defeat.
Try doing something positive---get off of the social media pages and actually do something to make a difference.
Then, for a change, don't say a word about what you did, but do keep up trying to make a positive difference.
Do that until it just comes natural---then you can show the world: Let your "LIVING"
examples speak for themselves.
Stop the negative and divisive chatter.
Instead, try uniting others for a positive change. DON'T TALK ABOUT IT--JUST DO IT!
Oh, and one last thing: Let's make it
a point to keep this idea of people casting a vote freely, for the person or persons they feel best qualified to lead.
You might even appreciate this right, should your candidate win in the future.
November 19, 2012
"AMERICA MADE A PROMISE"
What message is America sending? President Obama goes to Thailand, Cambodia and Burma. Secretary
of Defense, Leon Panetta goes to Australia and then to Southeast Asia for meetings. And Secretary of State, Hillary
Clinton is asking other world leaders to use their influence to bring about an easing of tensions in the area.
In the meantime, Israel, America's strongest and most faithful ally in the Middle East and, arguably, the world,
continues to defend itself from attacks--ALONE.
Israeli life lost, every Israeli injured leaves another question about America's resolve to protect Israel. Every move
by Hamas, The Palestinians, Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood against Israel is a breach of peace treaties that Israel has
honored. Every missile that crosses into Israeli air space fans the flames of war. America
must stop muttering and sputtering. Living up to her word, showing her undeniable support---why is America
so mute on the promises she made to Israel? AS BROTHER TO BROTHER, SISTER TO SISTER--AMERICA MUST
HONOR ITS WORD--WE OWE IT TO ISRAEL.
November 15, 2012 "Secession Talk---Ridiculous and UNAMERICAN"
is there so much attention being given to this nonsense about states seceding? Have any of these people that are signing
these worthless petitions given a thought about the legality of such an attempt? It's unlawful, folks, you can't
do it. The constitution of this country, the one from which you want to sever your ties, that constitution does NOT
allow unilateral secession. A state or a group of states cannot simply leave the Union over objections of the national
If you recall, the democrats thought the same thing would be a good idea after the 2004 election.
That never got off the ground either. These attempts do nothing more than give a few people some notoriety by the media
that is gullible enough to even cover this nonsense. It gets them noticed, maybe promotes their job-a-bility to motivate
and dupe others into following, like little lost sheep. Whatever the real agenda, it certainly doesn't do a thing
for those that blindly sign away and start crusades within their neighborhood. Yes, some of these people actually talk
about this happening.
And some actually wonder why this nation seems to be stuck in reverse,
why congress can't function as one body, why the administration can't come up with positive steps to turn the economy
around, lessen unemployment, put manufacturing back on our shores, winning a war or bring our troops home--NOW.
Is it really that puzzling, when you stop to take notice of how people just flit and flutter from one thing to
the next, how we just can't seem to do the sensible thing---like FOCUS. We are continually distracted
by the smallest of deterents. Why not FOCUS on the REAL issues, the issues that, with proper attention, positive
steps and a commitment to work together, will take us from the pits of despair, back to a healthy America and a
Instead we have people throwing tantrums, stomping their feet, crying over spilled milk and acting
like children that have been offended on the playground. Since many of their peers don't want to
do things their way, their answer is to "take my ball back and go home". Here's a thought:
It's past time to act like spoiled brats. Grow up, take responsibility to make a difference. Stop trying
to run away from the problem---stand and present a solution. Yes, instead of complaining, take a stand and actually
do something to make a difference. Stop texting your friends, get off of the social media bandwagon, pick
up a shovel and let's dig our way out of this mess. Let's roll up our sleeves and get to work.
For those that just can't stand the thought
of doing something, that don't find it embarrassing to cut tail and run, for those that would rather just cry about things,
well okay. For you: If you really want to start your own, separate country, state or territory, go for it.
Find yourself some unclaimed, uninhabited, undeveloped corner of the world and knock yourself out. But, as for the state
you reside in---leave it alone. Don't attempt to tear off a piece of this land I love--MY country.
We've got work to do and we don't need any more problems, not even the ridiculous ones, as this latest imbecilic
notion. We are the "UNITED" States of America and being torn apart isn't an option and neither is running
away. Let's get back to who we are and what we do. WE ARE AMERICANS; WE STAND TOGETHER AND DELIVER.
October 17, 2012 "Debate: Not Great"
I watched the debate, stayed totally focused and without any preconceived notions and tried to be very neutral to either
candidate. I took copious notes and replayed a few segments for more clarity. We'll look at the results on Saturday's
broadcast. We will take each issue and tell you how we saw it, who made the better point. As to making points, it's
not just what was said, but can it become a reality in America according to how things are done in Washington.
In summary: There were 11 areas covered. Here's who got my nod on each.
Best ---2 -- 18% of the issues
Romney Best---5 -- 45% of the issues
Neither won-----4 -- 36% of the issues
There was ONE BIG faux pas and THREE "gotcha ya"s
And yes, I watched the same debate
as you. The atmosphere was sterile, the audience cold and tense and the candidates distant. Let's hope the
next one gives us more than what we got last night. Remember, tune in Saturday, Oct. 20th for our full assessment.
September 25, 2012
"IT'S A GAME"
Let me start off by saying I really, really, really love really like football.
Love seems like the wrong word. Today, it is my favorite spectator sport and I watch both collegiate
and professional GAMEs. I have my favorite teams and have celebrated and died with them for decades.
Now with that said:
ENOUGH: Instead of reports that would make you
think that the entire sports world is crumbling, how about keeping it real. Yes, of course, there are some super
wealthy owners, some highly paid players, some bettors and bookies very unhappy over ONE particular play. And they
are making sure that, along with some fans, everyone knows it. There's a mark in the "W" column
of one team and a mark in the "L" column of another. Why has this incident, seen by a relative small
portion of people in this country, taken over the headlines, the newscasts, social medias and conversations at the water
The GAME, yes, it's a GAME, is over and all that
revenue from the gate, concessions, advertising, broadcasting, print media, team shops, bets, etc. has made it to the bank.
The players have all gotten huge checks, cashed them and they spent a night or two as celebrities at dinners and parties.
Sports analysts, commentators, athletes and even referees have had a field day with repetitive showings of the play
and parroting comments of what happened, what didn't happen, who was wrong, who was right and who got
robbed. Social websites are off the charts with chatter and the reaction of anyone that has ever played
or watched anything that would remotely resemble a sport, has been just short of (actually, I can't think of anything
it would be short of).
I said, it's a GAME and this type of GAME is timed by a clock and when the final whistle blows, the GAME is over.
The players, coaches, team attendants all leave the field of PLAY (yes, it's known as the "field of PLAY"),
they go to the locker room happy, sad, proud or disgusted, they clean up, dress up and step up to do more interviews and then
they go home. The team owners, management team and friends chat awhile and then leave those huge, luxurious
private suites and go home.
And, oh yes, the referees that stood over that
play, as to what they have had to say, well they haven't said a thing. Why? (read more)
August 18, 2012
"FIRST: AMERICA FIRST"
of those that spew forth the rhetoric that is becoming much too common today. Beware of those that initiate rumors,
instigate unrest, promote hatred and advocate violence. Remember that social medias, blogs, open forums and other avenues
to be heard are open to all comers. We know there are sick, predatory and evil people that are looking for victims and
it's never been easier for them.
Today, all that is needed is a computer, an Ipad
or a cell phone and multitudes can be contacted and the potential influence of agendas and evil are only
reined in or stopped through education, sensibility, reasoning without bias, the common threads of respect for the
rights of others and a sincere belief in the statement "that all men are created equal".
On the August 18th program, I read, on the air, a few excerpts of comments by hate mongers
that were posted on a website. They were indicative of the ills that are plaguing this nation. There is there
such a thirst, by some, for blood and why is it being fueled by websites, both private and social. Why?
Ask yourself, why would anyone allow such posts, why would anyone add gasoline to what seems
to be a slow flame that is burning in this country? What about America? What about fellow Americans?
Why would anyone promote evil in a land that is has so many struggling already? (READ MORE)
July 21, 2012
MSOL Statement On Tragedy, The Media, The Law and Today's Programming
We understand that much of the
nation either is occupied with, or will turn its attention to, the event that killed so many and injured even more, in a movie
theater in Colorado.
We know the
mainstream media will cover every angle, make plenty of assumptions, even skew comments, make assumptions and intrude
into the private lives of families during time that many sneed in order to deal with pain, deaths
We also realize
there will be much said about gun reform and we'll get plenty of input from pundits that want to tell us what we should
derive out of this.
time, in a rush to get to the story first, there will be plenty of misinformation, some of it will be retracted, some of it
will go ignored by those that spread it---they'll say it is an honest mistake in an effort to deliver the 'news'.
Nevertheless, it is a condition that has prevailed in the past and it shall continue today, tomorrow and into the next
(heaven forbid) tragedy.
To the families that have lost loved ones, to the families of those injured,
the reality is that their loved one is dead, hospitalized, injured or dealing with shock, mental and physical disorders. We,
at Main Street Out Loud, sympathize, send sincere condolences and offer prayers for all concerned.
America has been given another reason to wonder how, once again, a mass murderer has felt an urge, a need
or even to act out a fantasy, without regard, to take innocent lives, injure numbers, to rain terror and create such heart-wrenching
pain on so many.
Main Street Out Loud (MSOL) does not feel it would benefit or serve the best interests of
the families involved, to jump in on the media frenzy of cameras, microphones and invasion of private time now needed for
grief, making arrangements and comforting others within the immediate families.
Nor, do we feel,
that the multiple law enforcement agencies that are or will be asked to give an account, need to deal with constant questions
posed by inquiring reporters, hoping to land an exclusive. They have a job to do and they need uninterrupted time to carry
out their duties, professionally and efficiently, without the possibilities of mistakes by an overly persistent and ever growing
media presence. This nation has been the stage for far too many of these mass murderers, especially in recent years. This
case requires the utmost attention to due diligence, not belligerence.
We will go forward with our scheduled,
LIVE broadcast dealing with the TRUTH about the Affordable Health Act (Obamacare). Our guests are medical practitioners who
will present the facts, clearly and with candor. If you have medical insurance or not, if you are in excellent health or not,
if you think you and your doctor should determine your treatment or not---you need to hear this very revealing and informative
July 9, 2012
"They Are Called by One Name: 'VETERAN'"
U.S. ARMY: Since
June 14, 1775. The motto: "THIS WE'LL DEFEND". The song: "Over
hill, over dale, We will hit the dusty trail.......You will always know, That those Caissons go rolling along"
U.S. NAVY: With roots that go
back to Oct. 13, 1775. The motto, though not official, most often cited: "NON SIBI
SED PATRIAE" (NOT SELF BUT COUNTRY). The song: "Anchors aweigh my boys, anchors
aweigh.....until we meet once more, here's wishing you a happy voyage home."
U.S. MARINES: Since November 10, 1775.
The motto: "SEMPER FIDELIS" (ALWAYS FAITHFUL). The song:
"From the halls of Montezuma, To the shores of Tripoli,......We are proud to claim the title of United States
U.S. COAST GUARD:
Formed August 4, 1790. The motto: "SEMPER PARATUS" (ALWAYS READY).
The song: "From Aztec Shore to Arctic Zone, To Europe and Far East,.....To fight to save or
fight and die! Aye! Coast Guard, we are for you."
U.S. AIR FORCE:
Since 1907, formed as a separate branch on September 18, 1947. The motto: "AIM HIGH, FLY-FIGHT-WIN".
The song: Off we go into the wild blue yonder, Climbing high into the sun,....In echelon we carry
on. Hey! Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force".
Different branches, all with their unique
history--and all with their individual mottos and songs. But, there is a common thread---all
have a common purpose---to preserve freedom, to safeguard the nation and insure the well-being and security of all
who live in the land called America.
In their common cause, they are not known
as the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard, they are known more mightily as the ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES
OF AMERICA. And so too, the selfless acts of individuals, are evident in our history---a history filled
with honor, loyalty and duty.For
237 years, this nation has been defended by some very exceptional individuals. Yet, through all of these
years, there is only one name for them, they are not identified as individuals, they are not identified as coming from a certain
family, background, ethnicity, color, creed or religion. (Read More)
May 30, 2012
The Vile, The Selfish And--Thank God--The Kind and Caring
This past weekend was full of people
trying to make money off of the nation's Memorial Observance. There were sales going on everywhere, there were all sort
of offers that if you buy, "some" of the money goes to various military support organizations, there were plenty
of "I'm raising money" for veterans, disabled, injured, etc. and there were plenty of people taking center stage
to draw attention to themselves by using a variety of good, decent, caring venues that are so generous and grateful in their
support of our military men and women.
As to those that fit the disgusting,
sleazy, corrupt and vile category of using our military, we can hope that what goes around, comes around (and we hope soon)
and that those that profited, rot as their new wealth turns to ashes.
And there were plenty of others that could care less that it was a time of Memorial, reflection and remembrance--to
them it was just another weekend about themselves. In particular, I and others received a few emails from politicians that
never even bothered to mention this special time, but they talked about how important it was for others to work for them,
to vote for them, to support them.
To these self-centered, selfish
and self-absorbed, self-appointed and self-anointed prima donnas, we can only hope they receive no votes, and that they are
miserable within their own skin and left alone to waste away.
But, THANK GOD: To all those that spent the weekend serving others, giving of self, promoting kindness and
caring and being ever grateful to all that served and are now at rest, thank you. You are what's right in this land, you
set good, decent, moral, ethical and principled examples of which people of all nations could learn. You are
the sunshine that lights up the darkness. And your presence is a breath of fresh air, you are the oxygen needed to
replace the foulness.
As the song goes, you that serve others for all
the right reasons: "Sometimes, all I need
is the air that I breathe and to love you." THANK YOU.
May 9, 2012
The following is by Frank T. Church Vietnam Veteran
G Troop, 2/11 11th Armored
"Is It O.K. To Cry Now?"
my family and friends in tears, I had to be strong.
I saw children and women in rags, I hid my compassion.
the wounded and maimed, I could show no emotion.
I felt my buddy's last breath leave his body, I had to hold mine.
I saw my enemy dead and wounded, I could only stare.
I felt the blood run from my body, I could only curse.
came home to indifference, I could only wonder why.
I say the pledge of allegiance, my heart beat quickens.
I see a flag at half mast; I get a knot in my stomach.
I say "welcome home" to a vet; I get a lump in my
I hear taps, my knees get weak.
I touch a name on "The Wall", my eyes fill with tears.
Years of emotion fill my soul' it's getting harder to hold back.
Years of pain fill my heart; I can hardly
take it anymore.
A fellow Vet reaches out to me, the pain subsides, the emotion builds.
Is it O.K. to cry
A personal message from Rudi K:
Generally, we do not publish complete works by others. But, the above poem had to be an exception. It touched
me beyond words and has continued to prod me from somewhere deep within my own soul. Please take time to share this
and please take time to thank all veterans and active military for their service to this nation and for you.
TO ALL VETERANS: You
APRIL 14, 2012
"Protecting The President Of The United States"
We could discuss the latest allegations
that could involve up to a dozen secret service agents. It is alleged that these individuals had encounters
with prostitutes in Columbia, prior to this weekend's visit by the President of the United States.
Thirty world leaders are
meeting in Columbia to discuss various issues of international matters. One of the President's agenda
is to boost trade with Latin American Countries to help the economy.
It seems that the secret service individuals did their part.
I wonder if the big hassle is all about chain of command and overstepping authority? I doubt if
these secret service agents were given the authority to deal in diplomatic trade negotiations or international trade contracts--these
matters were probably way beyond their pay level.
All kidding aside, who is vetting these individuals that are then put into a position
of service; protecting the President of the United States of America--our President.
Whether you like him, voted for him, agree with
his policies OR NOT, the fact remains he is the leader of the free world and it is imperative that security surrounding our
President is of the highest order.
This alleged consorting in South America, with prostitutes is not only wrong and dangerous, it is derelict
of duty and an affront to more than 300 million Americans that have a right to insist on the utmost discretion, loyalty and
dedication to duty--anything less is a serious crime and should carry extreme consequences.
Militarily, he is the commander-in-chief and those
that protect him must be alert and must carry out their duty. In the military, if you are found wanton
in duty, you could face a court martial, and, at times, be brought up on charges of treason. Again, the
protection of this Nation's President is such a high priority that there is no room for compromise or second chances---NONE!
The assignment of protecting our President, whomever the man or woman, is not a game. It is not something
that has room for error or misjudgment.
The Office of the President has a right to expect
and demand much more. And, as for us, politics aside, AS AMERICANS, when
it comes to OUR PRESIDENT, WE DESERVE MORE!
March 28, 2012
"Main Stream Media: All Men
Are NOT Created Equal"
Main Stream Media continues to be the ill wind that drives the flames of racism and civil discord. Why? There's definitely
a big difference between reporting and pointing out injustices & the sensationalism used to stir things up and create
a story to draw in a larger number of people.
A latest "so-called" poll suggests that 33% of Americans
believe the Florida shooting was in cold blood. As if they were there and have all the facts.
They have what the media fed them---incorrect assumptions, racism supposition and hype that has torn a city and a state
apart. An incident, pounced upon by the media, twisted into a tale to arouse and divide Americans.
March 7, 2012
Say...Do They Mean It And Tell Me Who Are These People?
Do politicians really mean what they say? It is campaign time and, it seems, that anything goes, especially
when you're being solicited to work on behalf of the campaign to get this person elected or re-elected. They want
you to not only work for them, they want you to support them too.
Most Americans would agree that the top issues
in the nation, at this time, are the economic crisis we're still dealing with and the unemployment picture that
just isn't good for a large portion of Americans. And politicians talk about these issues, without ceasing.
They talk about how dire situations with unemployment and the economy---they stress the points and tell you
they know how you feel and what you're going through--they're "Just like you".
They ask you to help them at their
campaign offices, to make calls from your home phone or use your cell phone, to go out and drive an area
(with your car and your gas), post signs, walk a neighborhood and ask for signatures on petitions and, of course,
give the campaign more money.
If they really know that the economy is bad and that the average American family
is suffering, then why do they ask for money--lots and lots of money, over and over. The "we need your immediate
support" never seems to stop, not while they're campaigning; NOT even after they get into office!
really believe the unemployment issue is straining the average American family as they try to find work, any work,
to keep a roof over their head and bread on the table? If they understand it, really understand it, then why
do they schedule events in the middle of the day, when most Americans are working? They ask you to show
up--as if you can just take the day off. Well you could, but it might be permanent. Of
course, they might be suggesting that unemployed people go to their functions instead of using that time to try and find a
who are all of these people that seem to head up special interest groups, attend lots of rallies, demonstrations and special
events? How do these people get the time off, or what's their story? They contact
you through various sources, ask you to show up, lots of you to show up, because the more that gather,
the more the chance that the media will cover their event. They furnish you with signs, tell you what to
say, ask you to march, to work, to give and give to some cause that you know little about. They call it a 'grass
roots' movement, but that's a loose term when used as a tag for political interest groups that pay hundreds of
thousands of dollars to consultants that promote the agendas of politicians and/or special interest groups, also known
as PACs. And they all operate off of donations---a free ride on other people's time and money.
You have little time for anything other than work and taking care of your family and home, heck, you're still saving up
enough for a family-night at the movies. So you begin to wonder: Who are
these people that don't seem to work and have all this time available? Read More
"IMAGINE IF WE ALL
PLAYED BY THE SAME SET OF RULES"
How much better off are we today, now that Governor Mitt Romney released
his tax returns. Great isn't it? Personally, I don't feel any different, and I can't think of one thing that has
changed, in my life, for the better or worse, by his disclosure. Over a couple of years, Romney made $42 million
in investments and pay over $6 million in taxes--I DIDN'T. Quite frankly, as far as pouring over his returns;
that's a bit much for me to understand, out of my league--period. Heck, I'll bet some of those speedy
tax chains would have trouble trying to comprehend his return. And for comparison's sake, well, my
income's a bit short of those numbers. How short, you ask?
short answer: I don't have to tell you. Haven't you heard of my ''right
I am willing to bet that the majority of you agree with me on, at
least, these two items. I believe in a smaller government and I also want that government to stay out of my
personal affairs. Those that disagree, you're excused. You needn't read any further.
that said, then, why do so many of us insist that others disclose, to us, that which we feel is private and we won't disclose?
It seems as though we have two sets of rules by which we want to play. Come to think of it, politicians
also seem to have two sets of rules by which they play.
Imagine if we all had just one set of rules among all
of us. Naw, we wouldn't want that; would we? After all, who decides what the rules
will be. And, more importantly, how would we make sure
they favor you and me----well---at least me.
Okay, for those of you that just have to know more about
Governor Romney's tax return, here it is: Romney releases returns
(Forget it--You're still not getting mine.)
|Sarah McKinley and Her Baby
|The parent, calmly and politely, asked if she could shoot the intruder.
"WAS OKLAHOMA TEEN MOM A "HERO" OR.....?
Sarah McKinley, an 18 year old widow of ten days and the mother of a 3 month old
baby, stood guard, inside her home as two men tried to break down the door. She had placed a call to 911, but due to
the remote area she lived in, law enforcement, while on their way, were more than a few minutes away.
As she waited for the police, she
armed herself with a shotgun and a pistol. She asked the 911 operator if she could shoot the intruders if they entered
her home. She stayed calm and communicated with the dispatcher, on the line, to the very end. When they
broke into the home, she declared that she was about to shoot one of them and she did. He died and the other intruder
she feels bad, but that she has no regrets. "I felt like what I did was the best decision for my son and I. Obviously
when someone breaks into your house with a deadly weapon, they're not here for anything good. But I am very sorry and
it's not something I ever wanted to do."
The county attorney said he would not prosecute this woman. She was within her right to
protect her baby and herself. (From MSOL--AMEN!)
We are forever pointing out on Main Street Out Loud that our youth need good examples
and that parents need to make sure they set those examples, not by words, but by their actions. We also agree that community,
state and national leaders, as well as corporate heads are an influence, good or bad, truthfully or hypocritically in the
development of how our youth will one day take over as business heads, civic, social and congressional leaders.
So often parents wonder if their
children are ever listening, if they hear what they are being told. Instead of wondering if they are listening, parents
should be more concerned as to what these young minds are seeing. To use a couple of adages: Actions speak louder
than words and a picture is worth a thousand words. These may be cliches, but they are on the mark.
So much has been made about how
this teenage mother, whose husband died on Christmas Day after his battle with cancer, how she lived in a remote area, that
she and her three month old child were on their own and that she called for help.
While all of those points are true, I would like to think
that there is more to this than what has been reported. I wouldn't paint her with the broad brush of "teenager",
nor would I necessarily label her as a "hero". But, I would offer that this lady, this woman, this mother,
this widow is definitely an example of hope. Yes, hope.
In the case of Mrs. Sarah McKinley, I would like to think
that an adult or a few adults brought this woman up to understand right and wrong, being responsible and taking proper
and lawful actions when a situation warrants.
Mrs. McKinley, is
not a teenage girl, widowed and now raising a child on her own. While those may be conditions in her life, they are
not who she is.
Sarah McKinley is an adult that, through her calm and decisive manner, accepted her role as an adult and a mother, stood courageous,
though alone and accepted her responsibility as a parent.
Mrs. McKinley is an example for the youth of this nation. Pure and simple:
She is a lesson, in time, in maturing, when accepting responsibility is part of the process. With Sarah as her
mother, this child has a head start in this world. Sarah wears the title well---maybe "hero"---but more