I’m tired of hearing about Vernon Howell’s constitutional rights having been violated. Before there was ever a Constitution, Bill of Rights or a United States of America there was a law called “The Ten Commandments” sent through Moses by the God that Howell purported to be. These can be found in any Bible, and in Howell’s reading he obviously missed this part. He violated all 10.
As for the survivors of the fire, I feel they should all be charged with aiding and abetting murder of 17 children. None was carrying a baby when he or she escaped.
Your insert May 2 dealing with mental health aspects of the Mount Carmel tragedy was just one more example of the Trib’s commitment to serving our community.
We thank you and hope that the information there will be helpful, and that it will not only be used by individuals but also be the basis for group discussions – in the schools, in our churches, and in groups organized solely for this purpose.
It is imperative that we recognize that even the most hardened among us has some reaction to this cataclysmic event and that we take some positive steps to heal ourselves.
Extra copies of Sunday’s insert are available at the Mental Health Association office, 776-8801
Heart of Texas Mental Health Association
At least some good did come out of the Mount Carmel tragedy. We got a chance to look at ourselves. To get out from behind the wall where each one of us lives we didn’t much like what we saw so we concentrated our misery toward Mr. Howell-Koresh.
We took sides some times. We cheered as one trifled with the mind of the other. We, at times, defended the immoral against the principled, then reversed it as some new revelation came onto the headline.
We watched and waited for the final outcome. We all recoiled with horror as the flames engulfed Ranch Apocalypse. As the people inside died, so did we.
We’re safe now, behind our bastion security wall, hoping that we not become entangled in the affairs of others. We cry for the children and ourselves.
The situation concerning the Branch Davidians has been sad and stressful to all who were aware of it.
However, this tragic end has been typical of situations such as this. We could hardly have expected anything but some horrible end.
I personally think that the ATF and the FBI agents managed this situation as well as any human beings could have. After all, it is impossible to read an insane person’s mind.
Koresh had gotten away with murder for years and this should not have been allowed. According to the information I have had, there had been complaints for several years of child abuse and other things that should have been investigated more thoroughly back then.
I think we have been remiss in our handling of these problems. We should have been more alert to the type of people living in that compound.
V. Joyce Wells
Rule of money
Lawyers Dick DeGuerin and Jack Zimmermann were off base blaming the tragedy at Mount Carmel on the FBI and ATF. They were doing their jobs as ordered.
At least these agents were attempting to enforce the law as prescribed.
Obviously these gregarious lawyers obey the rule of money only, not decency. Their deeds should receive blame, not law enforcement.
James J. Pate