February 4, 2013

Letters to the editor: State must hold contractors accountable

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Daniel Tucci appears at his trial Jan. 23 for allegedly overcharging and underdelivering on fix-it jobs, refinishing projects and major renovations. Requiring home construction and repair contractors to have a license would let the state “permanently remove the really bad actors from the marketplace,” a reader says.

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Howard Hanson


NRA dwells on its rights at expense of its obligations 

The National Rifle Association, which speaks loudly and only about its rights being violated, does not seem to understand that rights and privileges of citizenry in civilized societies imply obligations as well.

Disregarding the latter calls into question one's eligibility for the former.

Don Ogier


Look to facts for solid case against knee-jerk gun foes 

Each day when I read your newspaper, I wonder what absurd, emotional letter will be written by an anti-gun Kool-Aid drinker. A recent edition, again, didn't disappoint ("Gun control critic's letter presents misinformation," Jan. 23).

Fortunately, those of us who defend the Second Amendment are blessed with irrefutable facts, much to the dismay of the liberal zealots. Here are some:

Since 1994, gun ownership in the United States has almost doubled, while at the same time violent crime has decreased 49 percent.

According to criminologists' studies, more than 2 million times a year, a person uses a gun to save themselves from harm. (How many of those would have been a crime statistic?)

The Centers for Disease Control did an exhaustive study on more than 48 national gun laws to find out which ones had any effect on gun violence. The result: none.

When the assault weapons ban expired in 2004, people like Sen. Chuck Schumer predicted that there would be carnage in the streets. Gun crimes continued to go down. Maybe they didn't notice.

When Florida permitted concealed-carry, gun violence decreased and carjacking virtually ceased.

Sadly, about 11,000 murders annually are committed by a firearm. However, if one subtracts crimes of passion and gang-related murders, which would still likely be committed, the number drops substantially.

There are more than 300 million guns in the United States. What new laws will affect them?

A better idea: How about "gun-free zones"? Oops, we already tried that, proving once again that laws do not ever stop crime. In fact, they often promote it since they only really affect the good guys.

I don't see any of the anti-gun writers displaying "This is a gun-free house" signs on their front lawns. I wonder why.

Fred Walther

West Poland


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