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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, March 10, 2018 1:00 am


CAFOs far from pastoral

I would like to voice my support for the Feb. 28 piece by Tim Dygert challenging the myth that the use of these absurd concentrated animal feeding operations is the only way to feed the world.

Much of the rest of the First World is simply shrugging their shoulders and remarking about the US that “if they want to produce cheap meat by spoiling their land, let them. We'll buy it.” The symbiosis of livestock grazing with the land is such an ancient, simple and beautiful alternative, as demonstrated by our local Seven Sons farming operation and others.

Conversely, a CAFO is a blot on the landscape, offensive to smell for miles, dangerous to our precious waterways, and perhaps most importantly, unspeakably cruel to the animals forced to suffer these nightmare conditions. For me, I will continue to do my best to avoid meat produced by CAFOs and I will vote for anyone willing to stand against them.

Eric Fisher

Fort Wayne

Here's what students should demand on guns

A primer for Indiana students organizing or participating in March For Our Lives on March 00:

Don't let anyone tell you it isn't the laws that are the problem and that AR-15 assault-style weapons are protected by the Second Amendment. Six states and the District of Columbia have banned assault-style weapons and large- capacity magazines. The Supreme Court recently rejected a challenge to a ban on these assault-style weapons, leaving in place the lower court's decision that such a ban is permissible under the Second Amendment.

Laws that provide legal access to firearms by individuals younger than 21 increase the risk of school shootings. Most school shootings involve an individual who is a student at the school or a former student. These individuals typically have anger issues related to problems they encountered in school. We should not provide them with legal access to these weapons.

Federal law only requires a background check by a federally licensed firearm dealer. An individual who has been declined as a result of a background check can purchase the firearm from a private seller at a gun show in Indiana. Private sellers in Indiana legally sell all types of firearms, including AR-15-style assault weapons, to individuals age 18 and older without a background check. Only federally licensed dealers are restricted from selling handguns to individuals younger than 21.

Indiana will issue a license to carry a firearm in public to individuals age 18 and older subject to a background check. Most states restrict these licenses to 21 and older. Studies show that states with the weakest gun laws have the highest rate of gun deaths.

Tell your representatives to protect your school with universal background checks on all gun purchases, a ban on AR-15-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and to restrict gun purchases and concealed-carry licenses to age 21 and older.

Ed Smith

President, Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence

Messer best of GOP field

Of the candidates pursuing the Republican nomination for Senate, Luke Messer is the best candidate to send forward. He is focused on defeating Joe Donnelly, has the experience needed and would help the Republican Party win in November. This was especially clear after the recent Senate debate.

From taxes to education, Messer has been part of crafting and addressing legislation vital to the benefit of the general welfare. During the debate, Rep. Todd Rokita said he agreed with Messer's proposals on entitlement reforms, showing that Messer has proposed models that others follow. Beyond that, Messer was able to keep his focus on the election ahead against Donnelly. Of all the candidates, he is the best prepared with the most experience needed for the United States Senate.

Brett Heinisch