Bob Layton Editorial: Respect over revenge

The High Level Bridge was lit red and white for Canada after the terror attack in Edmonton. Credit: City of Edmonton/Twitter

My heart goes out to those whose loved ones were killed or injured  in the one-two punch of Saturday night in Edmonton and Sunday night in Las Vegas.

Those not directly affected may still be feeling a little depressed.

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It hits home to me because we were planning a trip to Vegas– and no fooling – we had chosen the Mandalay Bay.

Now it just feels odd to even think about it.   Do you feel little strange – maybe if you’ve got a concert coming up?

If we let those things fester around the edges of our mind, the bad guys are winning.

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We need to think about who we have already proven we are in the face of disaster.

Think instead, about the Fort McMurray wildfire and the people who opened their hearts and their homes to complete strangers.

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Think about our professional police, handling Saturday without firing a shot, especially the officer who protected his weapon and fought his attacker off with one hand despite being stabbed.

Think about our response after the tornado and the floods.

Think about our leaders who came to the Sunday rally to preach respect over revenge.

That’s who we have chosen to be and unless you have genuine cause to grieve,  one troubled person cannot change that.

Let me know what you’re thinking about.

Bob Layton is the news manager of the Corus Edmonton group of radio stations and a commentator for Global News.

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