There is a lot in the news about gun control. It’s like we were finally awakened by the gunshots in Newtown, Conn., and realized that it’s time we do something about this growing culture of violence.
From the president and those in Congress to the National Rifle Association and the citizens who insist on the right to bear arms, one thing is clear: We all want to find a viable solution to stop the senseless killing.
The president and his allies in Congress want new laws on gun control, but the NRA and its advocates will go to the wall to fight for the right to bear arms. All the while, more people are being shot down every day.
We have laws now against illegal possession of firearms and illegal weapons, but, somehow, the hold-up men, the robbers and those who kill aren’t bothered by those laws.
They are outlaws, and they are not concerned about gun registration and magazine limits. Their intention is to take your possessions and to cause harm if they so desire.
Can you imagine someone pointing a gun at you and your response was, “That’s illegal, that’s illegal, I’m gonna tell!” It sounds like a Barney Fife moment but all too real.
My question is: Who supplies these illegal weapons?
The NRA, our government and law enforcement agencies should join together for the common good of our children in an all-out effort to find the illegal gunrunners and put them out of business.
Cut the source, seize the bullets, stop the killing, then maybe we can understand the meaning of civility.
Nasty waste from fracking
This is in response to the Feb. 4 story, “Ohio EPA investigating dumping of drilling waste water in Youngstown area.”
I find it outrageous that a fracking company dumped hazardous waste into storm sewers.
But even if Ohio Environmental Protection Agency successfully prosecutes the perpetrator, the larger question of what to do with the millions of barrels of toxic and radioactive waste remains unaddressed.
Hydraulic fracturing produces waste that, like the refuse from nuclear power plants that has plagued us for decades, is so nasty that there is no good way to get rid of it.
In 2011, Ohio dumped 12.8 million barrels of fracking waste into its disposal wells, over half shipped in from Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Ohio is becoming the region’s dumping ground for fracking waste, a status we don’t want and don’t deserve.
The fracking debate certainly draws differing opinions, but there should be wide agreement that we ought to hold companies responsible for dangerous behaviors, ban the most reckless disposal methods and regulate fracking waste like the hazardous material that it is.
Next, this waste disposal dilemma should really make our leaders stop and think twice about whether this whole fracking business is a good idea at all.
No right to end a life
Many of us don’t look at the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in the same way as the writer of the Jan. 29 letter, “A woman’s decision.”
Being a woman, I’m all for women’s rights, but I draw the line at abortion.
After the pregnancy occurs, there should be no issue or no decision to be made. It should never be anyone’s right to decide to terminate the life of another.
Abortion may be legal, but it will never be the right thing to do. It’s not really so complex as the writer thinks. As long as abortion is debated in the legislature, I will vote against it at every opportunity.