Publisher's Letter: Calling For Change In Our Community And Nation
Gun violence in America is nothing new, and in fact, school shootings have been occurring since the 1800s when an argument over a whipping was resolved with a pistol resulting in only one or two casualties. Fast forward to 1999 and Columbine, Colorado, when two students methodically went on a rampage, killing 13 people with high-powered rifles, sawed-off shotguns, Molotov cocktails and pipe bombs. A Virginia Tech student killed 32 fellow students and faculty members to become the deadliest school shooting in modern U.S. history, and in 2012, 28 students and faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary School were gunned down, including 20 first graders. It’s sad when a generation learns “active-shooter drills” before they learn to read. So why Parkland, why only now? How have students from South Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sparked a revolution and bent the ears of an entire nation, and the attention of the White House when others have fallen on deaf ears? Be it gun reform, mental health reform, fixing a flawed law enforcement system, or a rigged political system, the 17 victims are being heard loud and clear from the survivors and activists making sure their legacy will be the voice of change in America. Read “Rising Up From Parkland” on page 40 to see the transformation that is coming from this unspeakable tragedy and what is being done to enact change and compromise.
When you combine activism with altruism, you change people’s lives. Whether individually or collectively, you can affect change through advocacy. Walt Disney’s iconic words “If you can dream it, you can do it” are the driving force behind the six local students featured in “Young Altruists” (and many more in Palm Beach County) who are driven to impact change through altruistic work, helping sick children, animals, the environment and our community at large. They are selflessly championing causes all over the county, investing their time, energy, money and resources to improve the lives of others, proving the next generation is compassionate, empathetic, conscientious and poised to lead our country and our important causes.
Get to know eight local newscasters reporting on our community’s causes and issues and whose passion for powerful storytelling keeps us tuned in each and every day. Whether it’s preparing us for hurricanes, educating us on environmental issues, shedding light on the latest crisis, or raising awareness for important causes, these award-winning, on-air veterans keep us informed, educated, inspired and in-the-know. See what helps them stay grounded and sane in this crazy sensational world we live in on page 50 in “Newscasters To Know.” This is one powerful issue and one that I hope inspires you to “be the change.”