Present Tense

Be nice to each other….

I’m sitting here trying to process the events of today.  This morning, a young man walked into a crowded and festive movie theater in the city of Aurora, Colorado and opened fire on the patrons who had gathered to enjoy the much-anticipated “Batman” movie.

I heard the news on my way to my morning radio show and my first thought was “Oh, God. Not again”.  A little over 13 years ago, two young men murdered and maimed their teachers and classmates at Columbine High School in another Denver suburb.

On September 11, 2001 we watched in horror as the attack on the Twin Towers unfolded during our morning radio show.

So, once again, my longtime radio partner and I felt a responsibility to deliver what people needed on a tragic morning like this.  Information, reason, facts, comfort, empathy, sympathy and pride in all of the strong, competent first responders who saved as many lives as possible.  What we did not want to convey on a very fragile morning was anger, opinion, judgement, hysteria and speculation.

Times like these bring out the best and the worst in people.  What will it bring out in you?  Will you rise up and offer love, comfort and support?  Or will you be one of those who uses this as an opportunity to further a political agenda, rant about what’s wrong  with America and show yourself as the small, ignorant person that we all can be?  It’s your choice.  Weigh your options.

Be nice to each other.  Life is short and fragile.

July 20, 2012 - Posted by | Musings


  1. Totally agree, Jane. Thanks for posting this. TEACH PEACE!

    Comment by Ted Zocco-Hochhalter | July 20, 2012 | Reply

  2. Jane, I just wanted to say that you all did a wonderful job this morning getting this whole situation to process among Colorado citizens…the talk, the music selections, the updates…ALL just perfect…that’s why I’ve been a listener since 1982…you guys should realize that to some of us, you are FAMILY…I am proud of you all in your heartful ways of bringing everyone together…<3

    Comment by Marcia Bischof | July 20, 2012 | Reply

  3. Amen. A work friend with a connection to law enforcement said that the systems for people registering for conceal/carry permits was crashing the system(s).

    Comment by Catherine | July 20, 2012 | Reply

  4. Jane, I did not hear the news until 5pm today so I am a little behind the media. I can imagine you did a great job with your show this am. I am so sorry for the victims, their families, the survivors, their families, the young man who did this has shocked all of our assumptions in life and we want answers. We want answers so bad that we are seeing news stories about how to stay safe if a gunman enters the theater where YOU are watching a movie.We may never know why exactly, and if we did hear, what reason would be acceptable? I send my thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families,The direct and indirect impact of this persons actions could not have really been known to him. I want to believe that individuals that commit these acts can’t possibly think about how far reaching their actions impact the way that they do. Then I think about how I have worked with people who know exactly why they would destroy another life. We should hug more, say I love you when we feel like it and celebrate those that we have in the here and now.

    Comment by Tim | July 20, 2012 | Reply


    Comment by Marge beem | July 20, 2012 | Reply

  6. Thank you for this to-the-point post. It is tragic, no matter what your position about guns. Such a loss and I am praying for the victims and families. Time to hug the ones you love.

    Comment by francescaamari (@francescaamari) | July 23, 2012 | Reply

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