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Letters to the Editor for December 26, 2012

Guns give protection

In response to a letter from Wendy and Richard Best (Letters, Dec. 19), I’d like to say that the United States is unique in the fact that our government gives us no freedoms. The Constitution simply limits the government’s ability to remove the freedoms we have been given by our Creator.

The Constitution is simply written, stating that we can say what we want, we can print what we want, we can worship how we choose, and we can be armed to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our property. The Bests say “Second Amendment? So what!”

Let’s take this to its logical conclusion. Look around the world. Wherever there is a lack of Second Amendment protection, there is usually a lack of First Amendment protection.

Wendy and Richard are right in saying that we all need protection. But a piece of paper signed by the president will not give us any protection. Only our God-given right to bear arms will give us protection. When worse comes to worst, seconds count when the police are minutes away.

Lately there have been some truly sad and barbaric happenings. What we really need is to stop reducing the mental health budget where we save a few thousand dollars in treating someone only to spend many times that to keep them in jail later, after something really bad happens.

We need to secure our schools with something more that a “weapon-free zone” sign. If Sandy Hook Elementary School had an undercover armed guard, maybe 26 people who are being mourned could be enjoying Christmas this year.

Finally, as a person who is supportive of his Second Amendment rights, I’d like to thank President Obama. No one in American history deserves more credit for selling guns and ammunition than him.

Mike Farmer

Hood River

Holiday spirit, on/offstage

Columbia Center for the Arts was honored to hold a pay-what-you-can performance of “A Christmas Carol” on Sunday, Dec. 16. This special performance was underwritten by a generous grant from the Boeing Company.

Our holiday wish was to make the magic of live theater accessible to all local residents — and that wish came true.

We are so grateful to all of the nonprofits who helped to spread the word about the performance, to the wonderful audience who attended and to the actors and crew of “A Christmas Carol” who gave their time to make this performance possible. Thank you all!

Wishing you all a very happy holiday season filled with art, music, joy and laughter.

Kyle A. DeVaul, executive director, and the staff of Columbia Center for the Arts

Hood River

Snow safety

As the snow has descended upon us I would like to send out a “Thank you” to the men and women driving the plows and gravel trucks clearing the roads and making them safer for me to drive on.

I would also like to say “Thank you” to law enforcement and that it is nice to see them out on the snowy highway reminding people to slow down and take it easy on the ice- and snow-covered road.

I live up by Parkdale and have to drive very early in the morning to get to work and then back up the hill to get home. My work does not care that it has snowed so I really appreciate everything that crews are doing to take care of our highway.

Everyone that is driving Highway 35 please give the other cars around you plenty of room; if you are a slow driver pull over and let cars pass. If you are a daredevil and fast driver in the snow and ice, slow down; the mountain will still be there in an extra 15 minutes.

Have a safe and happy Holiday!

Samantha Plante

Mt. Hood-Parkdale

Remember

Remember the children.

Remember the grown-ups.

Remember the principal.

Remember the teachers.

Remember all who have lost their lives to this kind of senseless violence.

Now is the time to face these events head on.

And do something to stop them from happening again, and again, and again.

Let us not forget.

We owe it to them all.

Especially the children.

What will you do?

David Gross

Dufur

Don’t give away rights

Like all of you, my wife and I are shocked and saddened by the recent horrific events in Clackamas and Sandy Hook. I was very concerned that evil events such as these have a way of bringing out those among us that are happy to give away civil rights hoping that criminals will somehow now begin to obey written law. This is so silly and will always beg a response from me.

Fortunately, cooler heads prevail here in Hood River and we don’t all take the lemming approach and scream for our government to fix the issue. (As if they could!)

I am certain that we all want someone to answer for these horrible murders and callous disregard for human life, but make no mistake: The government cannot protect you and if legislation were the answer, these crimes would never occur in the first place.

The letter from Dick and Wendy Best (Dec. 19) states “This sort of gun-created mayhem makes the U.S. look like a Third World country,” so I’m curious about how an inanimate object can create anything? These acts of insanity are perpetuated by uncaring and soulless people, not firearms!

Did we blame rental vans or fertilizer for the murder of adults and children in the bombing of the Murrah Building? Did we blame “evil” aircraft after the awful events of September 11? It is fertilizer to believe that firearms are the culprit here and that banning them will stop anything.

Further, I believe that if the liberal mass-media would stop reporting every grisly detail over and over, we may not see quite as many copy-cat events when these unspeakable acts occur.

The Second Amendment is intact and is my individual right and the Supreme Court has concurred. Personal security in this life is just that: personal. Please don’t allow your fears to stampede you into giving away the civil rights that thousands of Americans have died defending!

Step up, grow up and be responsible!

Ralph K. Lane Jr.

Hood River

Cell tower no big deal

We used to live near three 600-plus-foot towers. We saw their lights from 100 miles away and knew we were almost home. A little 160-foot tower in Hood River will hardly be seen and is needed to bring communication to Hood River.

Seems everybody wants cellphones but not the towers to make it work. Sounds like all the people who say buy local, then prevent local business.

One solution would be to put a small but powerful tower on Mount Hood.

Paul Nevin

Hood River

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