Letter to the Editor

Grown-up Christmas list

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

If you have been listening to radio stations playing Christmas music 24/7 since Thanksgiving, you've surely heard My Grown-up Christmas List sung by various artists (my favorite is by Gloria Estefan). Here's a partial list of lyrics which seem especially poignant in light of recent acts of violence across the country (it seems there's a new one every day).

Well, I'm all grown up now,

And still need help somehow.

I'm not a child

But my heart still can dream.

But Heaven only knows

That packages and bows

Can never heal

A hurting human soul ...

No more lives torn apart

That wars would never start

And time would heal all hearts

And everyone would have a friend

And right would always win

And love would never end

This is my grown-up Christmas list.

To these I would add my personal wish for Christmas and the coming year: that our elected officials put politics aside and everything on the table for discussion on how to reduce the violence and senseless tragedy. How many more people must die? Do it for the children and to help save the innocence of youth. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

JEFF JERNIGAN, Cape Girardeau