Gun-law need objectively obvious
Im pro-gun ownership. I believe in the Second Amendment. American citizens should be able to arm themselves. However, I absolutely believe in gun control. I also believe that we need greater, better, more effective gun control as part of the solution to gun violence in the United States today. People have a right in this country to make certain choices. They can choose to smoke, despite clear evidence that it will harm their health. They cannot, however, choose to harm others by exposing them to secondhand smoke. We have enacted laws to protect those who choose not to smoke.
People also have a right to bear arms. They cannot use those weapons to harm innocent people. Innocent people have a right to be free from secondhand bullets.
The answer is not a simple one. It will involve strengthening and/or modifying existing laws and improving enforcement, as well as careful scrutiny of societal influences that may contribute to dangerous behavior. As much as we must guard against the misuse of weapons, we must also take steps to reduce factors that research shows increase violent behavior. This may even involve the possible curbing of other rights.
With the wonders of technology, as well as the broad range of resources our society has at its disposal, is it truly asking too much to improve our gun-control laws and enforcement? It is not, and people who look at the news with objectivity can see that we need to continue to push for the right to safety for the peaceful majority.
MARIA RUHROLD Fort Wayne
Unshoveled sidewalks safety hazard
I head off to work in the dark of the morning. As I drive down Parnell Avenue, I regularly pass students walking to school. Over the past few months of ridiculous snowfalls, I have passed students being forced to walk in the street, which is extremely dangerous. I called our city help line and asked that something be done about the sidewalks on Parnell. The operator told me that they would send somebody out and take care of it right away. Nothing changed.
With the next snowfall, I called again and asked what the city would do about the snow-covered sidewalks. I was told once a complaint comes in, the city sends out a letter to the violator. That is it. No fines, no rechecking, no more effort.
This angered me so much that I went to a City Council meeting. I had three people come up to me after the meeting with the same issue. I was able to speak to Marty Bender, and I asked him why the city cannot do more. He was sympathetic, but lack of manpower appeared to be the citys biggest problem.
How about toughening up our Fort Wayne Municipal Code which requires sidewalks to be cleared of snow and ice? I think the city should include a clause that any sidewalk located within one mile of a school, which remains unsafe from snow or ice, may be shoveled by the city with a hefty fine to the homeowner. Someone is going to get hurt, and something needs to be done.
LISA ARNOLD Fort Wayne
Public school can handle preschool
I truly dont know what our legislators are thinking with House Bill 1004 that so conveniently sneaks in voucher expansion. I am for fully funding all-day kindergarten and preschool, and I am also completely for giving this early childhood education initiative to our already-capable public schools. If you have ever visited Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center, a public Montessori preschool that is part of Fort Wayne Community Schools, you will see children are fully engaged in learning, doing works of their choice, investigating, creating and developing practical life skills. You will see children as young as 4 reading and doing math. You will see young children fall in love with learning. I am strongly opposed to Section 10 of HB 1004, which expands the voucher program. I am also opposed to giving the responsibility of preschool to private institutions. I am opposed to private preschools receiving public tax dollars as well as private schools hurriedly expanding their programs to offer preschool so that they can receive our tax dollars. In fact, I believe our public schools are more than capable of handling this initiative. I hope there is an amendment to HB 1004. I believe the states preschool proposal is important enough to stand on its own, without Section 10 of HB 1004. I wish our legislators would allow our public schools to do what they do best – teach all children equally; accept all children fairly; provide for our children what our democracy has promised them – an equal opportunity for education. That is what I want to see happen.
ANNE DUFF Fort Wayne