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On my mind today ... the senseless murder of young people at Stoneman Douglas High School a year ago today.

And all I'm seeing is Valentine's Day wishes ...

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Thank you for posting that. For your further consideration, however, I offer the following statistical report: following the Parkland shootings, during the period of exactly 12 months, there were 1,200 additional children killed by gun violence. Did we learn anything from the Parkland shootings? You tell me.

arbusto Level 4 Feb 14, 2019

This tragedy is also on my mind but if we don't live our lives to the fullest, the murderer has won. So, I say celebrate this day of love....celebrate every day.


I've seen a number of postings about that on FB. It is not forgotten.


I don't personally celebrate any type of 'special' day. I feel like I have been driving someone around all day. As I drive, I listen to the radio. There is a lot of mention of this incident, almost too much. There have been a lot of mass shootings through the months and years. Perhaps we are becoming numb to it. It's never far from my mind though, especially since I have young kids that are still in school. But any killings are bad. Maybe worse when there are children involved, but there are no good ones.


Our thoughts and feelings are not do you know we are not thinking of them as well as Valentine's Day just because we are not posting on one this one specific site?

Many of us at work discussed the shooting a year ago and how things have not changed but that the youngsters are still pressing forward...and then we ate Valentine cookies...


This "holiday" is another ploy to get people to spend money they don't have, on things they don't need. Spend spend spend. This is why people do not have money in case there is a shut down, or a lay off, or an emergency. This is a flaw in the capitalistic system. Then we have to employ socialistic systems to bail them out with food, a loan, or rescue. Neither system is flawless. I am off topic again. =0{

Mooolah Level 8 Feb 14, 2019

Holidays are the reason people do not have money? Really?

You are correct that this "holiday" was created specifically in order to encourage the public to spend more and more of their hard earned money; however, that is not necessarily a bad thing. In order for our economy to function at its peak performance, it relies upon consumer spending to the tune of approximately 67%.So one beneficial thing about having yet another holiday on which people will spend their money, is that it keeps many of us working, so we can earn money, so we can spend it on silly holidays such as this one. It keeps the economic world turning around!

@indirect76 Mismanagement of money coupled with manipulation of the consumers need to consume leads to no financial cushion.


It’s OK if people don’t want to bring up dark topics.


There are many justifiable varying reasons to not celebrate this day let alone enjoy it...But I do have one good reason to both celebrate and enjoy...This day for me is not just Valentine's Day - it is also and more importantly for me, my Son's Birthday Day! So let's all come together today and wish everyone who has a Birthday today a very Happy Birthday! May they have a great day and as always a better tomorrow! smile002.gif

Maximai Level 5 Feb 14, 2019

Hope your little fella has a lovely day. My Dad's 75th xx

@Amisja Happy Birthday to your Dad...and even though my Son will always be my "little fella" he actually hit 36 today. smile002.gif

Happy Birthday!

@Maximai don't look old enough to have a 36 yr old x


I agree with you. We must remember them. We must also carry on living.

Amisja Level 8 Feb 14, 2019

Yeah, feeling that, too.

Now I have another reason to not celebrate this "holiday".

KKGator Level 9 Feb 14, 2019
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