Our little town is again grieving a tragedy in the national spotlight. How can a town considered to be an ideal place to raise a family be struck by so much ugliness in the last few years. Are we blind? We have housed a child kidnapper, cop killer and now a man who could not be reasoned with and so turned into a crazed murderer. Perhaps we love our community so much and feel so safe that it is easy for bad people to hide behind our open walls of naivete. No one suspects anything.
We still love our town. As our pastor said during a prayer service, “We cannot let one man dictate who we are.” Perhaps we will be more suspicious now, less trusting, but I hope not too much. We still believe in our town and carry great hopes for it to continue to be a place known for its family atmosphere. Our community has again banded together to comfort each other, grieving, but safe in the memory of what we have been and what we will continue to be.