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Second Amendment rights donít trump second gradersí

I’m one of the “knee-jerk” reactors derided by David L. McCracken in his April 22 letter (“Knee-jerk reactions on guns cut both ways”).

I fully support banning military style weapons and their large clips, background checks and closing the gun-show loophole.

While we’re at it, let’s throw in some handgun controls since handguns are the source of most of the mayhem.

I am sick and tired of the gun manufacturers controlling the argument through their NRA stooges and people like McCracken.

Yes, I have “do something disease,” which McCracken calls a military term. There is another military term – “collateral damage” – which is all the Newtown victims have become. The Newtown killer, by the way, was under the protective umbrella of the NRA and its lobbyists up to the second he started shooting.

Then the 26 victims had their own version of a “knee jerk reaction” as they were sent into eternity.

Second Amendment rights are all the rage. Why don’t we take that deep breath McCracken mentions and embrace second graders’ rights.


Community-oriented effort is effective against crime

Our community has been shaken by homicides and police shootings.

It is always news if a police officer is involved in a notable action, but there is minimal coverage on positive actions unless the public shouts about it. If you feel a specific officer has gone beyond their regular job description, let their quadrant commander or sergeant know by email or phone. We need the positive notations of their career entered into their files as well as the disciplinary ones.

Many officers will give you their card with a cellphone number to call them if you want to share information or need their help. The officers who work your district are the ones who respond to your 911 call. Share information with the officers in your area. Once you let them in, they become part of your neighborhood too and will work with you to get rid of the bad guys.

It’s called community-oriented policing, but it is not one sided; it takes the citizens and police, working together, to make it happen. We know it, firsthand. It worked with our neighborhood and continues today.


Wood-Land-Lakes trust helps ease farmersí concerns

In 2013, Wood-Land-Lakes RC&D Land Trust is positioned to move above the 10,000-acre mark for protecting farmland. The non-profit organization is one of the few land trusts in Indiana that focuses solely on protecting farms and farmland from development. This is becoming increasingly important as world population growth in the next 40 years will create a need to double food production – utilizing the same acres we farm today.

The tax legislation signed to avoid the fiscal cliff renewed generous federal income tax breaks for landowners who permanently preserve their farmland.

Wood-Land-Lakes accepts the contributions of landowner’s development rights with conservation easements. These legal contracts protect the use of farmland in perpetuity. The landowner still owns the farmland and can use it, sell it or pass it on to their heirs; the easement only protects the land from future development.

An easement process can take three to six months to complete, so starting now is not too early.

For more information, visit our website at or call the office at (260) 665-7723.