Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

December 2, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 12/02/2013

Keeping downtown vibrant

Your view is my view. You said everything I feel is important for Traverse City to keep promises to help the Bijou.

Until the State Theatre was restored with the help of Michael Moore and the whole community I did not spend that much time downtown. But the State Theatre and now The Bijou Theatre bring to the downtown so many positive changes for people of all ages and interests. I spend much time using word of mouth telling people from here and from everywhere in the country that coming to downtown Traverse City is such a treat because of the great movie theaters, restaurants and shopping.

As a realtor estate agent, I meet thousands of people yearly and always promote the Leelanau, Grand Traverse region.

Having and promoting these two movie venues will help keep the downtown vibrant and viable.

Judy Levin

Lake Leelanau

Prevention is best

Perhaps the National Rifle Association’s president is thinking that the best way to deal with an active shooter is to have a good man with a gun. Such thinking probably stems from the American folklore that every able-bodied man could grab their musket off the mantle and successfully defend his community. However, the facts do not support the myth.

The citizen soldier did poorly in the War of 1812, and their lawless behavior in the war against Mexico was criticized by the regular army. The belief that untrained or poorly trained citizens can defend against trained soldiers was laid to rest.

To believe that untrained citizens can effectively handle an active shooter is not only naive but ignores our poor history regarding citizen soldiers. Relying on untrained citizens to deal with an active shooter not only places their life in danger but also could result in injuries to others. Even when trained individuals are involved with an active shooter, others have been injured.

Like with fires, the best way is through prevention. Let us begin to prevent active shooters by enacting universal background checks designed to keep guns out the hands of criminals and the mentally unstable.

Ronald C. Marshall

Petoskey

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