Letters to the Editor
I have been troubled by the poor disclosure about the proposed village parking facility called the “Carriage House” and am alarmed at the cost.
I read with great interest the story about Seth Maness’ promotion to the majors (“Cards Call Up Maness To the ‘Show,” May 1). My hometown paper, The Providence Journal, published a table, one per week during baseball season, showing all of the area professional baseball players’ team affiliations and statistics, allowing readers to follow their progress through the system. I urge The Pilot to begin a similar practice so readers aren’t surprised by news related to local players.
The film “42,” depicting the story of Jackie Robinson’s successful entry into Major League Baseball, is one of the most inspiring stories in the history of American sports and, indeed, American culture. However, to credit Jackie Robinson with “breaking the color barrier” in baseball, as is generally assumed, is erroneous and misleading.
Today I’m 80. But long ago, when I was about 12, my dad gave me a .22 rifle. I could use it only when he was present. He taught me how to load it and unload it.
After reading Brian Deaton’s column (“On the Importance of Deterring Gun Violence,” April 21), I can say there is one thing that we both agree on: The current handling of mental illness in the United States leaves much to be desired. Other than that, I think his position on handling gun violence in the United States is lacking in understanding of how and why bad people commit violent acts.
Kudos to the new owners of Pinecrest Plaza for the fantastic landscaping.
Every once in a while, if we’re lucky, we stumble into a situation that serves to justify our faith in our fellow man.
In the Boston Marathon bombing, three people were killed and more than 180 injured. Already the politicians are spewing talking points: We will get to the bottom of this terrorist act; make changes in our immigration laws; give him the death penalty; and which federal agency is to blame?
Most states, if not all, have hunting restrictions on firearms and magazine limits. For example, there may be a five- or 10- round magazine restriction on certain game. But there are no limits to caliber or rounds when it comes to shooting people. What the gun market is allowed to sell and what people therefore are tempted to buy makes no sense in a civilized society like ours. If Congress can’t see the right thing to do by not even passing a watered-down gun law, let’s replace them at election time.
“Keep the pot boiling”: Dissing politicians. “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here”: Voting booth. “Brink of disaster”: National debt. “Here, there and everywhere”: Conspiracies. “Lesser of two evils”: Voters’ choices. “At death’s door”: Economy. “Funny as a crutch”: Biden.
The letter “What Voter IDs Are Really About” (April 24) expressed the thought that voter fraud is practically nonexistent. But we have read over the years about voter fraud in various parts of the country.
It seems to me a good time to recognize anew and to praise the men and women — police, firefighters, rescue personnel — who respond to the accidents and disasters which occur so frequently around us.
Kudos to the town of Pinehurst on trash and recycling. They saw a better way to handle it by going to the use of containers for the pickup of the waste.
I don’t know how effective drug testing would be in the war on drugs, but I suspect it would be no more so than all the other things we have wasted billions of dollars on. One thing that might slow things down is to cut the cash.
That was a great column by Steve Bouser on April 17 (“We Don’t All Talk Alike, Which Is a Good Thing”). I always thought that Californians do not have accents. Wrong, I was told. We pronounce every syllable. I’m getting sloppier at that with 27 years in the South.