Stop promoting social dysfunction

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By John Pawlak

 Nearly two and half million people die each year in the United States. The causes of death vary from accidental (e.g., falling, car accidents) to medical (e.g., heart attacks, strokes, cancer) to intentional (e.g., murder, suicide). With 280 people dying every hour of every day, only a handful of them get national attention.
 But some people who do deserve having their names known are discarded onto the back burners of media focus. Consider the following “unimportant” people.
 Colton Wade Smith was two years old when he died. His parents described him as a “free spirit.” Kelly Fleming was 16 years old when she died. She loved music and aspired to be a writer.
 Private First Class Francheska Velez was 21 years old and pregnant. Both she and her baby died.
 Christina Taylor Green was 9 years old when she died. She was born on 9/11/2001 and was one of the 50 9/11 babies featured in “Faces of Hope,” a book of births on 9/11/2001.
 Jessica Ghawi was 24 when she died. She was studying to be a sportscaster. Dylan Hockley was 6 years old, a true vision of cuteness.
 And Martin William Richard was 8 years old when he died. And already a Boston Bruins fan!

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