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Crimes against women not simple to avoid

Recently our community was shocked and saddened by the brutal slaying of Jacqueline Bouvier Hardy, which according to witness accounts and police reports was perpetrated by a former intimate partner.

According to the March 22 Journal Gazette, Mayor Tom Henry “said nearly all of the nine criminal homicides recorded so far this year have involved gangs, drugs or domestic violence. ‘If you’re not involved in one of those activities, you should feel safe,’ he said.”

The most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Justice indicate 22.1 percent of surveyed women reported they were physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner, boyfriend or girlfriend, or date in their lifetime and that about 1.3 million women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.

Violence perpetrated by a current or former spouse or intimate partner is not a result of being “involved in one of those activities”; it is part of a larger pattern of men using violence to control women. I urge Mayor Henry to rededicate himself to renewing our community’s efforts to address the root causes of violence, especially violence against women.


Majority must speak up, drown out NRA nonsense

The headline read, “14 wounded in Texas knife spree.” Consider what it would have read if that deranged kid had a gun instead of a knife. Does anyone doubt that there would have been 14 dead?

The NRA mantra “guns don’t kill, people do” is old and as wrong as the interpretation of the Second Amendment’s reference to a “well regulated militia.” Well, we have a militia, the state and national guards, and I don’t believe that we are about to revolt against the federal government.

It is beyond comprehension how legislators have a problem with expanding background checks and reducing magazine capacities. Let them sit face to face with a Newtown parent who lost a 6-year-old. If it is true, and I believe it is, that 90 percent of Americans want action on these two issues, then that 90 percent should be flooding Congress with their messages.


Donnelly brave to stand for same-sex marriage

After hearing the news about Sen. Donnelly announcing his support for gay marriage, I was elated. Coming from conservative Indiana, Donnelly was brave in standing up for what he now believes in and righting any wrongs he felt about his past beliefs.

As a nation, we must urge our political leaders to take a step back and really think about the issue of same-sex marriage. The heart of the issue is that defining marriage between a man and a woman is denying millions of people the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This oppression will continue to occur if more people don’t speak up about the issue.