Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sad Christmas Day News
My friend, Susan Richard, news anchor at 1010 WINS posted on Facebook that she can't believe all the sad news today. Prompting me to check the 1010 WINS news site.
Boy is she right!
Lead story is the death of stage legend Eartha Kitt.
Then there's the story about the death of actor John Costelloe, who played the part of Johnny Cakes on the Sopranos. Costelloe committed suicide. British Nobel laureate Harold Pinter, the news site dutifully reports, has also died.
If that's not enough to dim the Christmas spirit, there are the stories of a 7-year-old girl who died after falling five stories in the Bronx, and the death of two people from Massachusetts on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey. They were killed early Christmas morning when a tree fell on their car.
Not on the front of the 1010 WINS website is the story from California of a man who crashed a Christmas eve party dressed as Santa Claus. He shot up the place - killing six people.
This should serve as a reminder for those of us who are celebrating the holiday season that there are those less fortunate than us. Let's not, as well, forget those who are going to food pantries, only to find the shelves bare. And the increased number of homeless people due to the downturn in the economy.
Then there are those who are getting pink slipped without regard to the holiday. Some observers predict, that with the relatively poor shopping season results, even more retail stores will soon be laying off people or even shuttering their doors.
Susan is right. There is a lot of depressing news out there today.
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