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January 16, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 01/16/2013

Not just a city issue

On the issue of fences, the complaint from the LaBelles seems a little unwarranted to me. Safety is no issue here; in fact, it adds a safety factor to the homeowner from collateral effects of an accident. That is a very busy corridor and yes, we do need to address this. Where are the findings from the traffic study four years ago? I really don't mind if the tourists find that stretch of road not fetching to the eye because they want to see the water anyway. If stone wall owner Kathie Scott wants the wall, good, I think it looks fine. Look at the bigger issue of traffic on Division, or get a hobby.

Even though this is a city issue, we all drive by the fences. Get involved.

Bruce Clark

Traverse City

Put children first

Regarding a letter about assault weapons printed Jan. 5, I also wish for politics to be put aside and for putting children first. But stating that "hysteria about assault rifles is a media concocted ploy to inflame the uninformed" is absolutely wrong.

The massacre of humans is what inflames people. The availability of guns that can make such massacres possible is what inflames people. So with the guns that can efficiently pump out large numbers of bullets, however you define such guns, we live with occasional massacres.

Of course, many things in society contribute to a person committing such an evil act. But it is only specific types of guns that make the actual act possible. The National Rifle Association has consistently and effectively fought to have these guns available and to ease the process of acquiring (and carrying) guns. Expired laws have defined gun types that give people this level of killing power and efficiency, which is where the term "assault weapon" comes from. Legislation to ban such weapons, however defined, should be the priority of anyone who cares to put children (people) first.

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