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Letters to the editor

America has options to limit gun violence

I am a victim of gun violence. Like a U.S. senator remarked, I have been silent too long and done too little. I can be quiet no longer. It is time for me to speak out against guns.

Recently, I watched in disbelief as NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre spewed forth his position on “contributing” to the debate on gun violence. He said that our banks, airports, government buildings, and our leaders are protected by armed guards, so why shouldn’t our schools be included.

LaPierre would not understand my worry for family and friends who are bank employees. There are no armed guards at most banks. In fact, the banks will not allow employees to carry weapons.

Twenty-five years ago, my father was a good guy with a gun. He loved to hunt. He had a semi-automatic rifle, among other weapons. He was a life member of the NRA. He was not protected by his gun. In fact, an intruder broke into their home and killed both my parents with my father’s own hunting rifle. Because of the nature of his death, there was no NRA life insurance, either.

We are not helpless. We are not at the mercy of the NRA. We are not without options. We can demand changes in laws to be the law-abiding nation we should aspire to be.


Adams County township example for cemetery care

The article, “Forgotten Hoagland cemetery ‘disgrace’, (Dec. 9), brought back some memories.

The name of the cemetery wasn’t Pleasant Valley, but Mt. Tabor and old Mt. Tabor cemeteries. They were directly across from each other on the Piqua Road in St. Marys Township, Adams County.

Mt. Tabor wasn’t in disrepair but needed some help. But the old Mt. Tabor Cemetery was terrible. The monuments were all over the place, weeds were everywhere and animals had taken over the property.

I contacted a local contractor, David Luginbill of David Luginbill Excavating and Trucking.

He removed the vegetation in Mt. Tabor Cemetery, leveled the soil and I planted some grass seed. It still looks good today.

The old Mt. Tabor Cemetery was a different situation with some of the monuments on the ground, but we got it done.

My advice for Madison Township Trustee Troy McDonald is to ask some business owners or farmers in the area for help.

LARRY HILL Former St. Marys Township Trustee/Assessor

Development group winner securing jobs

For those critics calling for an overhaul of the Indiana Economic Development Corp., I suggest taking a look at the big picture.

In its eight years of existence, the corporation has secured record numbers of job commitments and business investment. In the past two years, agreements have been reached with 470-plus companies that are either expanding or relocating to Indiana. The job prospects for Hoosiers in the last few weeks total more than 4,100 with announcements from ExactTarget, Angie’s List, Land O’ Frost and more.

Indiana’s ascension in its economic development climate has been well documented. The performance that has followed is due to strong leadership and a hard-working staff that has our state outproducing its competitors.

KEVIN M. BRINEGAR President and CEO Indiana Chamber of Commerce Indianapolis