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Violence prevention summit Tuesday

Mayor Mary Verner, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich are hosting a community conversation on how to prevent violence tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. in the city council chambers, lower level at City Hall. The meeting will be moderated by Steve Becker, Eastern Washington representative for Governor Chris Gregoire's office. The audience may ask questions and share opinions on crime and violence related issues.
The event is co-sponsored by a long list of community organizations and expected to draw business and community leaders from all over town - this blog is going.

Tragedy in Arizona

We live in a free and open society, and I doubt many of us would give that up in return for the efficiency of a dictatorship. 

Our freedom lets us say, write and do pretty much anything in reason and go where we want. It also generally allows us to abuse our freedom before it's taken away. It leaves us generally unable to prevent events like Saturday's act of violence outside Tucson. Those who say this is a consequence of free speech are confusing correlation with cause and effect.  In fact, free speech and Saturday's shooting are both consequences of our free and open society.

We need to keep that in mind when we decide how to react to a horrible incident.

 

Group helps friends of violence victims

Her stepdaughter’s children were her top priority, and Tina Crone devoted herself to their care. 

She took them in, eventually won custody and sought counseling to help the two accept the traumatic loss of their mother, Becky Brosnan, who was beaten to death by her estranged husband – the children’s father – in February 2009.

But Crone (pictured) struggled to cope with Brosnan’s sudden and violent death.

Talking about her only brought tears, so she buried her feelings and tried to ignore the nagging pain that burned each day.

“I was literally crying every single day,” Crone said. “I thought I could handle it on my own, but you really can’t.”

Crone credits an intensive therapy group with helping her cope.

Read the rest of my story here.

Therapy Helps Survivors Cope

Her stepdaughter’s children were her top priority, and Tina Crone devoted herself to their care. She took them in, eventually won custody and sought counseling to help the two accept the traumatic loss of their mother, Becky Brosnan, who was beaten to death by her estranged husband – the children’s father – in February 2009. But Crone struggled to cope with Brosnan’s sudden and violent death. Talking about her only brought tears, so she buried her feelings and tried to ignore the nagging pain that burned each day. “I was literally crying every single day,” Crone said. “I thought I could handle it on my own, but you really can’t.” Crone credits an intensive therapy group with helping her cope/Meghann Cuniff, SR. More here. (SR photo of Tina Crone by Jesse Tinsley)

Question: Has violence ever claimed a family member or friend of yours?