Traverse City Record-Eagle

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March 27, 2013

They've done it again

Dedicated, talented

They have done it again! I appreciate Russ Larimore, the entire cast, ensemble, dancers, orchestra, for Traverse City West’s performance of “Beauty and the Beast.” I also appreciate all the parents who worked on the set, costumes and props.

We are so fortunate to have in our area such talented and dedicated people. They are the best.

Mary K. Parker

Traverse City

Enforce existing laws

With all the recent debate about gun control I wanted to add my two cents worth. It seems our opinions are only worth about that much to politicians. They prefer to listen to the political action committees and lobbyists instead. It pays more.

Here’s a fresh approach. Enforce existing laws and get tougher on criminals that use guns. Maybe 10 years in prison would serve as an effective deterrent. Maybe they would think twice before using a gun if a 10-year prison sentence was mandatory — prisons with no cable television.

Writing more laws that won’t be enforced anyway would be a waste of time. Stop treating guns like they do something wrong and get tough on the people who squeeze the trigger.

I hope that’s not too logical for lawmakers to grasp.

I don’t think guns fly off the rack and kill people. Criminals do that. Cars kill people every day, too, but they don’t ban cars. They get the bad drivers off the road. Getting tougher on gun-toting lawbreakers probably would show positive results and lessen the revolving door justice system we have now. Sure is worth a try.

David Forsgren


Not representation

Having written my U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek regarding the current fiscal mess in Washington, I was shocked by his form letter reply in which he laid the entire blame for the sequester on President Obama, stating that “My colleagues in the House remain committed to giving the American people the plan they deserve.”

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