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Page 4 Free Press O]00INION Thursda June 19,2014 Generation shift in conflict resolution leads to vio00en00 reacti()n The 1996, Moses Lake, Wash. school shooting started a time- line of unfortunate, similar events. In the case of the Moses Lake shooting, 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis shot his teach- er, wounded two students and held his classmates hostage for 10 minutes before he was restrained by a teacher. The next major shooting was Columbine High School in 1999 where two teenagers shot and killed 12 students, one teacher and wounded more than 20 students. Since Columbine, there have been roughly 19 deadly school shootings, according to an in- teractive graphic attached to Jolie Lee's USA Today article "Despite beefed-up security, school shootings continue." Fifteen tragic shooting events have occurred between the San- dy Hook shooting in December 2012 and the most recent shoot- ing in Oregon, according to Ashley Fantz, Lindsey Knight and Kevin Wang's CNN article "A closer look: How many Newtown-like school shootings since Sandy Hook?" In light of these recent vio- lent events around the nation, it's time to take a step back and look at our society from the outside. We need to look at the message we are sending to today's youth. Maybe we need to look less at the prevalence of guns, and more about what we're exposing children to. Debates about guns have become black or white. The gray area has almost complete- ly disappeared. Some might even say it's a matter of rural vs. urban. States with a lot of rural area have plenty of guns with- in their borders, but have none or hardly any instances of violent incidents involv- ing guns. Could it be from the large number of shooting ranges available to residents? Or could it be their mentality that guns are a tool used for hunting or sport shooting, or to protect themselves when they live far out from the near- est city, according to Chuck Raasch's USA Today article "In gun debate, it's urban vs. rural." A lot of societal influences such as the family unit, Hol- lywood and video games have made an impact on how chil- dren are behaving today. More and more children are becoming raised in a non- tradition, disrupted family unit. It's starting to make a difference in how children are being raised and guided into adulthood. Then you have Hollywood, who glamorizes a lot of the bad behaviors we are seeing in today's youth - such as violence, use of assault rifles, drug use and disrespecting authority. Not only is there the influ- ence of the big screen, but also at home with video games. When "Pacman" and "Or- egon Trail" were the most popular video games, there was no doubt it was just a game being played. Now, video games have become so realistic, the line can become blurred between knowing it's just a game and being able to reenact these events in real life. Then, there are first-person shooting games like "Call of Duty" and "Halo" which put people behind many types of fully automatic weapons. Other first-person mature- rated games like "Grand Theft Auto" are exposing children to dozens of bad behaviors like drug use, theft and other reckless behaviors. Society seems to have devel- oped this disruptive mentality that guns are a solution to con- flict. They have become people's first reaction when someone has a conflict with another person. For example, just this month there was a neighborhood dis- pute in Spokane Valley that had escalated to one man drawing his gun toward an- other during an argument, according to a release by Spo- kane County Sheriff Deputy Craig Chamberlin. The way we solve conflict today needs to be chariged for the better. Let's set a good ex- ample for the children we are raising that will one day take our places in society. Write to the Point S600J00fiever knew dogs could tell time, among otner things By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter I'm not sure if my beagle, Ringo's muffled woof last Sunday was the kind he uses to re- mind me it's time for him to be fed. Or be- cause it was Paul Delaney 5:45 a.m. and not the usual 5:15 and that he was letting me sleep in a little on Father's Day? Ringo seems to be able to tell time twice daily - around 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. when he gets his rations of Iams - fearful I'm sure that if not fed on time his 32-pound frame might in- stantly waste away. Ever since the kids slow- ly migrated away over the last 10 years, the dog has taken their place as the one who lounges around on the sofa, the chair, the bed, or during the summer morn- ings, sunning himself on the deck. We have a funny door- mat that says it all. "Our dog is dyslexic. He thinks he's God." And if that isn't true in the broader sense, it cer- tainly seems to be at our house at least. In 36 years of marriage, dogs - and for FREE PRESS Vol. I18-No. 9 Press Production Manager Randy Warwick Pressman Mark Cordes Sales Steve Barge Carol Campbell DeeAnn Gibb Front Office Venus Bratsveen Jenny Wolfe Editor John McCallum Reporters Paul Delaney AI Stover Graphics Brittani Montecucco John Myers Karen Robinette Bookkeeper/Office Managei Debi Labish Publisher Harlan Shellabarger The Editorial Board is composed of Paul Delaney, AI Stover, Brittani Montecucco, Bill lift, John McCallum and Harlan Shellabarger The Cheney Free Press is published every Thursday by the Free Press Publish- ing Company, William Ifft, president. Periodical post- age paid at Cheney, Wash. 99004. Published at 1616 W. First Street, Cheney, Wash. 99004. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Cheney Free Press, P.O. Box 218, Cheney, Wash. 99004-0218. 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We obliged and made Otis part of our new family. For some odd reason we began the tradition of nam- ing out pets after a variety of celebrities. The first, a sinister black stray cat we named for some reason after former brutal Kenyan dicta- tor, Idi Amin. Perhaps naming that lit- tle Schipperke after singer Otis Redding of "Sitting on the dock at the bay" fame was pena,nce? Otis and an:a:li-blaek long haired mixed breed, also a stray, wandered to school and also found our home to be hers and as Mother Nature would have it Otis and Tina Turner decided to have a family. Mork and Mindy were born in the dusty cellar of our first home. While Mork went to live with friends, Mindy never left home and in fact lived in all three homes on which we've paid mortgages. Otis lived with us the longest, nearly 14 years. He camped, he traveled and was a great dog. Except, perhaps, in the eyes of one family at the Chewelah City Park. While panicking over a bee that ended up in the cab of our tiny Datsun, we stopped to get rid of it. Otis suddenly leapt out the open window and took a curious stroll amongst the many picnickers, promptly lifting his leg on a big brown bag lunch sack at an unattended site. We gathered him up and hit the road again in record time. Next came the first of what is now a long run of beagles with Elvis. He came home from the puppy fac- tory in some remote part of land east of Colville and made himself welcome with a "deposit" on the rug in front of the kitchen sink. Among the better mem- ories from Elvis was his See Write to the Point page 5 Letters Could Cantor's defeat also be McMorris Rodgers'? I would like to comment on Rep. Eric Cantor's defeat in Virginia last week. Fi- nally the American people are waking up and real- izing that their do-nothing elected official's time has come to go! Here is a no- name candidate who only spent $100,000 vs. Cantor's $5 million. That shows me that "We The People" do have a chance and can beat the big spenders and lobbyist. Our very own Rep. Cathy See Letters page 5 John McCallum Editor Main contact for editorial coverage. Cov- ers all Cheney government, communi, school district news and events, as well as Cheney High School sports, Eastern Washington University news. AI Stover Staff Reporter Covers all Medical Lake government, community and school district news, as well as Airway Heights news and some sporis. al @ chenevfreepress, com Paul Delaney Staff Reporter Covers all Medical Lake High School and Eastern Washington University spo/ts. Contact for misc sports. pcle/anev@cheneyfrp, ,I I i l!t IJll I it , II II t , ..... ......