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Gun handling violates basic safety rules

Before the sun had risen on March 7, carelessness and ignorance shone through in The Journal Gazette’s front page photograph. Auburn mayor Norm Yoder demonstrated how to violate at least three of the basic rules of firearm handling.

1. Always treat every gun as if it were loaded, even if you believe it is not. The recent death of a man while selling his own pistol should illustrate that importance.

2. Never point a gun at anything you do not want to shoot. Yoder seems to have a low regard for the FBI, as he has the gun’s muzzle aimed directly at Special Agent Robert Allen Jones.

3. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. For good measure, Yoder’s finger is on the trigger instead of alongside the trigger guard as it should be.

Although the article states that the gun has been disabled, truly safety conscious people follow these guidelines regardless. Ignorance leads to tragedy; education saves lives.


Kiss cam sends wrong message about gays

Whenever I’ve gone to a TinCaps game, they’ve had a kiss cam for entertainment between innings. At the end of the kiss cam segment is a punch line: Two members of the opposing team are shown on the video screen. People laugh because the team members are the same sex (being gay is to be laughed at). It’s never two TinCaps who are shown, it’s never two same-sex fans who are shown, and it’s never two same-sex employees who are shown (We are not gay. The enemy is gay). And instead of being wholesome family entertainment, you become part of a culture that leads to many children taking their own lives. If the kiss cam could end on a different note, I would no longer have mixed feelings about loving my hometown team.


Nisly true conservative in District 22 race

I am supporting Curt Nisly for state representative.

Nisly respects and listens to the citizens of House District 22. I believe Nisly is the true conservative in this race.

Nisly believes that free people limit government. He will work to protect our freedom and fight intrusive government regulations.

To find out more and to support Nisly go to


Heuer too liberal for her district

Rep. Kathy Heuer has gone too far. I was already wavering in my support for her given her votes to move ahead with the implementation of the Common Core curriculum into our schools.

But the final blow came when I read the March 4 letter from Bill Willcutts detailing her voting record on the marriage amendment, HJR3, which would define marriage as solely between a man and a woman. I was disappointed and saddened to see that she not only voted to remove a key sentence that would have watered down the effectiveness of the amendment, but she then voted against even the watered-down version. Her vote helped to deny Hoosiers the opportunity to cast their vote on this critical issue.

Heuer says that she is conservative, but sadly, her voting record is not showing that. This time, she’s gone too far. She’s lost my vote.

STANLEY CRUM Columbia City