WTVM 5/13/13 Editorial: Safe return of OH kidnapping victims is - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

WTVM 5/13/13 Editorial: Safe return of OH kidnapping victims is a miracle

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Hope: that's what three women, three families, one hero and one amazing real-life story just gave thousands of people across the country.

What happened to those ladies over the last ten years in a Cleveland home was unimaginable.

Kidnapped at such a young age but, somehow, never giving up the will to survive and the hope they'd be in the arms of their loved ones again. Their hope and faith has now empowered an entire nation.

There are many reasons why this is a miracle.

According to a federal study, more than 1.3 million children disappear each year-- half of those are runaways. For the other half, the odds of survival are slim.

As the school year comes to a close and kids get a little summer freedom, this is a reminder to parents to speak to their children about safety and strangers.

As we saw in this Ohio case, we also need to teach our children about people they do know; unfortunately, strangers are not our only enemy.

Lastly, we can't ignore the man who is making this story even more amazing-- the hero who didn't ignore a call for help and went the extra mile to help a stranger in need.

Charles Ramsey doesn't want to be called a hero and doesn't even want the reward money. He says he's just an American doing what was right – something we all should pay attention to in these situations.

After a week of reporting death and destruction in Boston and Texas, these are the stories we like to bring you – a bright spot and a glimmer of hope in a world that can sometimes seem pretty grim.

General Manager Lee Brantley brings two editorials a week to WTVM. If you would like to respond to an editorial, e-mail your response to WTVM Editorial Committee or write to:

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