Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — Trust the decision
I commend the Benzie Bus Board for their dedication, professionalism and true commitment. Recent developments were undoubtedly a result of a series of very challenging situations, involving details which most of us will never know, in order to preserve the integrity of all those involved.
I encourage the citizens of Benzie County to trust the board’s recent decision regarding the directorship and continue to support the bus for those in Benzie County who choose to use it. Please acknowledge and respect the contributions of every individual who has worked for the bus, the former director and the board who volunteer their time to guide and direct a most important resource in our community.
There is support for the board’s decision amongst the employees at Benzie Bus. I urge the current interim leadership of the bus to preserve the workplace as a “safe haven” where discussion will be about the future of the bus (not its past) and where there are no activities within the building, or on work time, that would undermine the board or staff leadership. I trust that Benzie Bus will be an example of collaboration and teamwork that shines in our community.
Meaning still debated
You have to wonder if those who cite the Second Amendment as the reason they should be allowed to carry a lethal weapon have ever read it. Do we have reports of any of them claiming membership in a “well-regulated militia?”
Notwithstanding the recent decisions of the Supreme Court, the meaning of the initial phrase of the Second Amendment is debated by scholars and members of the Court and it is not a closed debate as to whether “well-regulated militia” is just an example of one of several reasons or the only reason for a private citizen to possess and carry a lethal weapon. The Supreme Court could change and clarify what the original framers of the Bill of Rights had in mind.
It should be noted, too, that during the 10 years the sale of so-called assault weapons were banned, neither the NRA or gun manufacturers ever tried to get that law to a Supreme Court adjudication.
R. E. Reinert