At this time of

the year we think of spending time with family and friends, and being thankful for what we cherish so much. For the fortunate ones who have young children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, the most special and memorable high is the look in the eye's of these precious little miracles. I have a 7-year-old daughter, so when the cable news started to show the names and ages of these poor children at Sandy Hook who tragically left this world too soon, well, it broke my heart. I held her most of the night. They were all 6 and 7 years old.

I used to send her to Woodland Elementary, then last year they had a security incident. Then, to my knowledge, the magnetic lock for the main entrance did not work for a long time. We pulled her out for safety reasons and now homeschool her.

I would like to address the alleged "hit list" issue that happened at the high school. By now, the media seems to have three to four different stories.

I have been videotaping all School Board meetings for over a year and a half. I have been contacted by many citizens of Stow with concerns and some who have students in the district. I have talked with Board members, the superintendent and the treasurer about other issues.

But the story with this young boy and the "hit list," in my opinion, was handled unprofessionally and was swept under the rug. This did happen and I believe an emergency Board meeting should have taken place to let the public know the truth. What is wrong with the truth? If something does happen (God forbid) then what would they say?

Donny VanOss, Stow