Christmas lights

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM.

Typing the letters to Santa found inside this newspaper was a different experience this year.

In the background there was Newtown, CT, a name that will, unfortunately, take a place on a list that includes Columbine, Virginia Tech and Aurora as touchstones of the madness of humans.

A tragedy in a town described as small and tight-knit.

A town described as a place where everybody knew everybody.

A town that was described as a place many people sought for its unique charms not found elsewhere.

A community that sounds an awful lot like Gulf County.

The school and the people described by those who knew them and observed them as heroes, as caring more for their children than themselves, on that ugly Friday, seemed not much different from the folks who lead and teach at the county’s elementary schools.

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