Editorial: Blight and virtue

The pages of The Examiner this week are full of stories that describe sordid acts of violence, horrendous crimes involving drugs, greed and a willful indifference to human suffering. These incidents constitute a basic assortment of the worst sort of depravity visited upon us by wretched creatures who have forfeited the right to be among decent people. By the time we recognize these miscreants for what they are, the damage is done and we have to live with the consequences – a man lying dead and cold in the woods, an innocent by-stander dead at the courthouse or a family torn asunder by the actions of a driver with absolutely no regard for others. A jury in Hardin County will decide where justice lies in that case. The man who dealt the deadly drugs is already headed to a federal prison. The courthouse shooter has been sentenced to death, and a court ruling this week puts him one step closer to lethal injection. These sorry occurrences are a blight on our collective conscience. Those who suffered and died must be remembered while those who inflicted the pain suffer their just desserts.

This all happened in the same week we mark the passing of a great man, a great father and a great public servant, Judge Lupe Flores, whose good works will live on long after we bid him farewell.

His life stands in sharp contrast to the dark deeds we record in The Examiner this week. The paper reflects what happens in our community and we struggle to make sense of the insensible, to explain the inexplicable, but we cannot.

Life is way too short for those who truly make a positive difference each day. In the case of Lupe Flores, whether it was serving students at a football game, being a positive, giving role model, or serving justice and taking a gentle, teaching hand with that first-time offender that shows promise to correct their course. Lupe, as he was known to all, will be greatly missed. 

These other creeps and killers, not so much.