Letters to the editor on gun laws, geese, acts of kindness
01/26/2013 12:00 AM
01/25/2013 6:20 PM
Passing more gun laws isn’t the answer
I understand that the criminal who murdered all those people at Sandy Hook Elementary School broke more than a dozen laws in the commission of his crime. Writing a couple more gun laws will not stop anything from happening.
The problem is that criminals are criminals because they ignore or break the laws. Laws have more effect on the honest, hardworking people than they do on criminals. So a new law might not be the answer.
Wait – I have it. We need to pass some laws making it illegal to be a criminal. But then we come back to that vicious circle.
Criminals don’t care about the law. If people think that passing new laws will solve our problems, they are more whacked than our current legislators.
Freedom to exploit
The gun violence plaguing this country is a consequence of underregulated capitalism. When not constrained by regulations, tobacco companies aggressively target children; agribusinesses abuse workers, poison the earth and market unhealthful food; military contractors manipulate us into war; resource-extraction companies recklessly destroy the environment; large retailers cheat workers and decimate communities; pharmaceutical companies push harmful drugs at exorbitant prices; mass media stress consumerism above all else; financial companies defraud the people; and arms manufacturers flood the country with guns, fearmonger and fund the National Rifle Association.
They try to frame deregulation as an issue of freedom, but for them, their freedom is to exploit without remorse, and our freedom is to be exploited without recourse.
So when they insist on misinterpreting the Second Amendment, remember those are words from the mouth of greed. This is a choice between the freedom of our children to be safe in their homes, neighborhoods and schools versus the freedom of profit for those who want us to forget that the Second Amendment includes the words “well-regulated.”
No peace with geese
Regarding “Geese peace” (Jan. 19 Letters to the Editor): It’s been more than 10 years since I first wrote to the editor about the Canada geese problem growing in Wichita, begging people to stop feeding them. But too many thought the geese were cute or beautiful and fed them anyway. Now we have thousands to admire.
Well, people are tiring of threading their way through all that poop on sidewalks, bike paths and golf courses, and seeing their yards eaten way. Think of the effect the geese have on ponds. When the ponds ice over and geese have spent the night on them, the ponds are covered with droppings.
Searching for answers, several of us wrote, called, held meetings and more, but we found very few answers that didn’t need continuous tending, and volunteers willing to sacrifice their time and money.
One of the ways to prevent hatching is to “oil the eggs.” Of course, some think that is cruel. Collies and handlers work, if you can afford them. This isn’t a one-day job, and gets expensive fast. There are expensive yard sprays that work, until it rains. Other deterrents include noisemakers, lights, forms of foxes and owls.
Act of kindness
It was busy at the corner of Woodlawn and 21st before the Shockers’ basketball game on Jan. 19. I was in the left-turn lane and noticed a gentleman in a wheelchair making his way across the street. Just as he approached the curb, some items fell from his carry basket. I was too far away to tell what they were.
As I inched closer, a woman appeared from across the street and began to assist. The items were four gallon containers of milk. As I watched, she began to realign his basket and restore the milk to its place.
A small act, some would say, taking only a little time, but she took the time. She made the effort to help another, and that’s what it’s all about. We could all be reminded of and learn from this act of kindness.
I was a participant at the Starbird-Devlin Rod and Customs Charities Car Show last weekend. One morning I was carrying a lawn chair over my right shoulder to enter Century II. I noticed that I had lost my cellphone. I backtracked my path to my pickup twice and could not find it. A friend also backtracked twice. Still no find. So we went to the show office and, sure enough, someone had turned it in.
I want to thank the person who found it and took it to the office. There are some very honest people in Wichita. This could have been a bad deal. Thanks again to the unknown person.
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