I have in the past couple of weeks wanted to write concerning a few articles in the paper, one about the young man that has a disease and yet touches so many lives, and how people that go the Ke-vor-kian way should know what people like this young man do to enrich others.

I also wanted to write about Karl Malone and tell how we get angry at him for being judgmental, and the people angry at him are being judgmental.I read of the tragedy of the killings in Arkansas and saw that in Granite School District there were 28 shootings last year. Each one of us at times feels that pain and anger that those young boys felt, but what is the difference?

I think if the NEA and the UEA are smart, they will have speakers in every public school talking to youth about control, not gun control, but control when hurt or angry.

Now, if every one of us reacted instantly, what would happen? People need to be human when they speak to young people and say, "Hey, I got real mad or hurt once, but I took time to cool down and think, then I just let it go."

In my day they taught the three R's; well today the three R's are useless without learning how to get along and to communicate. There is an education that we do not realize the importance of. I always thought I was dumb because I could not do math and science and memorize like my "smart" peers, but I found I had an intelligence that was not valued in public education. Well, what good are the three R's if we can't teach self-esteem, compassion, forgiveness, problem-solving and kindness to our young people?

If that had been provided as an essential part of learning in Arkansas to those two boys for the past six and eight years, would they have pulled a trigger, or would they have worked out their anger?

So is education only to educate the mind and not the heart? I know that many say this should be done in the home. I agree, but it will not be, so don't expect it, and it takes only one home with one child not being taught that concept and maybe someday that child will pull a trigger. So, I propose that we start teaching the things that are not measured by a test.

Julene Dotson

St. George