Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 14, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 02/14/2013


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It makes a difference

I am saddened by the accusations regarding the Wexford County Animal Shelter. The thought of animals suffering in such a way as they experience their final moments of life makes me ill. Innocent animals have no one except us to rely on for care. We as a community must take that responsibility seriously.

Every small thing that a person can do makes a huge difference in the big picture; we can make an impact in this world. Every donation to a local pet rescue makes a difference, even if it's just a few dollars. Rescues help enforce animal cruelty laws and help keep feral cat populations low, which saves lives.

Every donation to a pet food bank or pantry makes a difference. Every person who fosters an animal awaiting a forever-home makes a difference. Every person who volunteers at a shelter or rescue makes a difference. And when we see an injustice taking place, we must take a stand against it. It makes a difference.

Kerri Collier

Traverse City

The writer is owner of Great Lakes Pet Memorial & Crematory, Traverse City.

Rethink legislation

I sincerely believe that the schools are missing out on a great resource for protecting our children. I'm a retired school employee, and I also have a concealed weapons permit to carry a handgun.

School employees must pass an FBI background check. To get a concealed weapons permit, I had to pass another police background check.

The schools have some of the best and brightest employees. Enough of those employees already have their concealed weapons permit that we could have at least several armed deterrents in all of our schools.

Employees could volunteer to go to a police academy to sharpen their skills and would be compensated by the school district for their training. The armed employees would already be mingling with the students and that armed employee would be an extremely effective defense, as well as a great deterrent.

Armed employees would be far more cost-effective than paying about $65,000 per year for each policeman.

Our Gov. Snyder desperately needs to rethink legislation that would allow armed school employees in our schools, legislation he recently vetoed.

Lyle K. Reed

Zephyrhills, Fla.

The writer is a former Traverse City resident.

Walker gets an 'F'

Do people really think they need assault weapons that fire 100 bullets without reloading to protect themselves? Do we really think that the federal government will confiscate our guns? If that is our fear, it seems to be a bit unrealistic when the federal government has drones and other sophisticated weapons which could be used far more effectively than gun power.

Where does this intense fear come from? And how many individuals must be sacrificed to salve this fear? Certainly, other methods of lessening violence are needed, but if banning assault weapons and large magazine clips saves one child's life, I'm in favor.

Our Michigan Sen. Howard Walker states, "I will oppose any efforts at the state level to implement an assault weapons ban." He may get an "A" from the NRA, but he gets an "F" from those of us concerned about the level of violence in our state and nation.

Lou Ann McKimmy

Rapid City