An increase in the number of women in the gun culture is a cause for hope. While there may be little evidence that the participation of women in previously male dominions can change those institutions, this could certainly be true for the gun culture, change meaning a willingness to consider reasonable gun control legislation.
The Dec. 28 stories “Women discover security in guns” and “Police file on Newtown yields chilling portrait” were compelling.
There were two accompanying pictures, one an evidence photo from the Newtown shooting and the other of a pink semiautomatic made for women.
If there is any hope we might find a common language on guns, it might come through such painful ironies.
I hope for the courage to have the discussions we would rather avoid but that might just help us find a way to be open to understanding the other side, to rearrange the pieces of our escalating fears on both sides of the divide.
To understand better the other side, would I be willing to take a concealed carry course? Yes. Would I be willing to pay $46? I will think about it.
Mary T. O’Connor
Charity starts with capitalism
Regarding the Jan. 3 letter “Teaching from the Gospels,” if Pope Francis is for the poor, why doesn’t he throw open the ample coffers of the Vatican, reported to be in the billions?
The U.S. is the most charitable country in the world, with the people contributing their own money to spots in need all around the world.
How can they afford to do this? Capitalism, plain and simple. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many other entrepreneurs have given billions from their personal fortunes, made possible by capitalism.
Love that swing
Thanks to the 2013 First Night Akron Committee, big swing band music was once again provided by the Akron Big Band.
The band’s inspired performances coupled with the Neos Dance Theatre’s polished routines in Greystone Hall’s beautiful historic ballroom were wonderful. I urge their return in the same venue in 2014.
C. David Post
This year’s Bobby Awards (“The 2013 Bobby Awards,” Dec. 29)should have included a “Jerk of the Year” award for the writer for his continued vilification of a misguided mother, Kelley Williams-Bolar (“Lies return as ‘teacher’ hits circuit,” Dec. 15).
She, without columnist Bob Dyer’s means or editorial clout, tried to make things better for her kids.