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Letters to the editor

Horror in Cleveland shows our society values women less than animals

Another travesty of human behavior revealed last week in a house in Cleveland, Ohio, seems to always bring forth the questions of self-examination and the question of “how could this happen?”

These monstrous acts occur because in this country and most societies with which I am familiar, women and girls are really thought of as nothing. Females are entertainment, property and commodities to be dominated, used, consumed and discarded.

In this country, we are more concerned about stray animals than we are about females or children. Men beat women every day of the week and there is no public outrage. However, let some man beat his dog to death (Michael Vick) and the world is outraged.

Why? My experience is that it all starts when we are children. What we see as normal as children is the normal we come to expect in our adult lives.

So long as our laws value the abuse of women the same as the abuse of dogs, there will always be houses somewhere in America where women are treated like animals.


Lawmakers, Pence deserve bad grade for touting Daniels’ misguided ideas

Karen Francisco was overly generous with the grades she gave to the members of the Statehouse. Many of the issues they are dealing with today are a result of Mitch Daniels “bold and outrageous” ideas that many of them supported.

One of Daniels’ “bold and outrageous” ideas was to create jobs by making Indiana a right-to-work state. Supposedly we were going to get companies from all around the world here if we had the right-to-work law. Where are all these jobs at?

Some of Daniels’ other “bold and outrageous” ideas were the 75-year toll road lease, the Rockport gasification plant, daylight saving time, and the war on the public school system.

When Daniels left office, he claimed Indiana was the envy of other states. When Mike Pence took over, he said the same thing. Why? Because we had a $2 billion surplus. We didn’t have better and newer highways or bridges. We didn’t have the best-paying jobs for our citizens. We didn’t have the best education system. Twenty percent of our children live in poverty. But we had a $2 billion surplus.

When it comes to giving out grades here, I would give them all an F. And that includes Mike Pence.



Stutzman’s abortion story touching; gun regulations are pro-life, too

I was very touched to read the news story about Marlin Stutzman’s mother, who had considered aborting Marlin because he was an unplanned child and she was not married. Marlin goes on to say that he thought about how his life almost didn’t happen: his children, his home, his career would never have been.

There are so many children who never get a chance to have a life like Marlin has – including the schoolchildren at Sandy Hook, who were chosen and wanted by their parents as well.

While I can understand being anti-abortion, I can’t understand how if one is truly pro-life, one would stand against commonsense gun regulations to prevent such massacres of already-born children. Background checks, point-of-sale references, and stopping the manufacture and sales of high-capacity ammunition rounds are authentically pro-life regulations.

Also in remembrance of the toddler killed by her 5-year-old brother, I would like to see gun safety training and responsible storage of weapons be mandated. These are sensible solutions, and they don’t take away our rights to bear arms anymore than requiring ID infringes on our constitutional right to vote.


Increase punishment for gun crimes; blaming guns is like blaming alcohol

For those advocating gun control, perhaps they need to look back 85 years or so and see how well the 18th Amendment worked. A popular law among the vocal few, in just a short time it proved unenforceable. With millions of guns spread out among the population of the United States, gun control would surely end up the same way.

Since law-abiding gun owners aren’t the problem, why not make it a law that anyone committing a crime using a gun be given a mandatory minimum sentence, no plea bargaining, period? Let’s go after the real criminals, not the law-abiding gun owners who only want to be able to hunt legally or provide protection for themselves and their families.

We have numerous alcohol-related driving accidents every year, and we blame the driver, not the alcohol. Why is a shooting any different?

JOHN R. BANET Fort Wayne