Already I'm hearing from readers who are encouraging The Star to cover today's horrible mass killings in Connecticut through a political lens.

The first caller wanted "the mainstream media to point out how our society is crumbling under this terrible president."

Another says news coverage "should start and end with the obvious, immediate need to ban all guns."

I understand fully the intense emotion this event is bringing out in people. And I'm sure points such as these will be fodder for pundits in the days and weeks to come.

But these voices actually go counter to the predominant advice I hear consistently from my callers and emailers: Leave the politics to the Opinion section, and keep the news down the middle.