Editor's note: The following letters were written by Capac High School students in Janet Shurat's 10th grade English class.
To the Editor:
On February 18 of this year, a software engineer furious with the IRS launched a suicide attack on the agency. The engineer crashed his small plane into an office building containing nearly 200 IRS employees that started a fire, which sent workers running for their lives.
Before he took off, Joseph Stack apparently set fire to his house and posted a long anti-government rant on the Web. Joseph had financial problems and he was also having difficulties in finding a job. He had at least two clashes with the IRS. The first one was after he filed no return because he said he had no income. The second one was that he failed to report his wife, Sheryl's income.
In my opinion, I think Joseph A. Stack should not have committed suicide. We are right now going through a hard time with the economy, but I think he should have calmed himself and should have thought more positive. If he would have thought positive and organized things better, things would have been good. It is hard to find a
job right now with the economy. You can get stressed out or frustrated, but people with a more positive attitude can often still find a job, or just not give up. This guy was not thinking right; Stack was thinking a lot about violence. He even said violence was the answer. People, when they get like that, should get close to God. That will help them a lot. Doing that will bring them peace in their heart and mind.