Friday, April 18, 2014
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Wind turbines like this one in Freedom help in “preserving Maine’s beauty while filling its energy needs,” a reader says.
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Porter D. Leighton
Prohibiting guns in schools won't stop next massacre
First, I wish to express my heartache over the recent calamity in Connecticut.
A comment made by Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, about wanting to make possession of a firearm in a school zone a felony, is interesting ("Gun safety advocates ready for action," Dec. 24).
If Mr. Adler believes this difference would have prevented Newtown or will prevent others, I must disagree. For example, consider the many Mainers who took out protection orders, only to be murdered by the person the order was issued against. The law did them a lot of good, and Mr. Adler's position is no different.
Those who advocate for more laws and more control just do not understand that evil does not obey the law.
The belief that any law will stop these tragedies highlights what fools we can be. If you believe a "no guns allowed" sign on the door makes you safer, it does not. It only tells evil it is safe to attack here should they want. There is no one here who would be able to shoot back.
I commend the police in Newtown for arriving as quickly as they did. But, clearly, it was not fast enough. Had several of the teachers and staff (not just one) been armed, the students might have had a better chance of survival. As it was, they had no chance because we refused to give them one. Is some chance better than no chance? I think so, do you?
My fear is there are many others out there now who are plotting how to "get a better score" on their "video game," and I cannot help but wonder when will the next one strike.
Lawmakers haven't earned their paychecks and perks
I was raised in a blue-collar home in the '50s and '60s. My dad worked in the local paper mill and my mom worked in the local textile mill. Both of them knew that they had to show up to work and accomplish their job each day to get paid for that day.
They instilled in me the fact that you don't get paid just for showing up at work. You actually had to get the job you were assigned done before you'd get the money you earned!
Why, then, doesn't that premise apply to our elected government officials in Washington? They are still getting their paychecks and they still enjoy the perks of their positions just for showing up to work!
I propose that all their paychecks and perks stop immediately, Republicans and Democrats alike. Their next paycheck will be in their hands when they get the job done and not one day before. If they can't do the job, then please resign and make room for someone who can.
I, a retired educator, am disgusted with the elected leaders of this country and their childish attitude of "If I can't get my way, then I'm taking my ball and going home." What a civics lesson for our youth!