Ending gun violence
I realize gun control isn’t very popular in Texas, but limiting potential murder weapons is a good idea if you want to limit murder. However much unpopular it may be to completely restrict gun access, I believe it is the better option.
Less guns means less shootings. Period.
It seems every other week I hear about another shooting (most recently, Elliot Rodger), but nothing ever happens — only more debate as to which party should be blamed and whether or not to use bombshell words like “self-defense” or “misogyny” or “terrorism.”
But people are going to keep killing each other if we don’t stop them, and how better to stop violence than by taking weapons?
— Courtney Smith, Arlington
London Hackley wrote a fine letter on gun perspective, publish June 1.
The need for education on use and safety, not more laws about guns.
Yet gun training would not have deterred Elliot Rodger from his sense of entitlement to women’s bodies or his bloated ego.
The education needed is not just gun safety, but better diagnostic means to detect the killer behind the false mask he wears that fools both his therapists and the police or social workers.
Moe use of Dr. Mahzarin R. Banaji’s implicit test as discussed in Blind Spot: the Hidden Bias of Good People. We need to get pass the mask a hater has erected..
— Henry Kraft, Fort Worth
I was shocked at the comments by Roger Neal. (See: “Apartment developers say Arlington unfairly rejected their plans,” on May 27.)
I have lived for 40 years in the neighborhood he’s talking about.
The problem with La Joya has not been with the people who lived there, but with the slumlord owners who did not live there and did not maintain even basic standards for the souls who did live there.
To come in here buying a condemned property, plead bankruptcy, and now beg to have a chance to “refurbish” a totally dilapidated complex that will take millions to fix, challenges good sense.
The place had ceilings falling in on the residents’ heads, exposed electrical wires, broken windows with animals coming in and out (squirrels, possums, rats, cats, etc.), broken toilets and plumbing.
The list of code violations for several years has been huge.
Trying to blame neighbors and the city of racism is a diversionary tactic.
These guys need to go back where they came from and stop messing up a neighborhood that is working to maintain a safe and stable environment for all its residents.
— Elin Jacks, Arlington
It never fails that during the coldest days of winter and the hottest days of summer when electric usage peaks and nears the breaking point, ERCOT (the Electric Reliability Council of Texas) announces that rolling blackouts will go into effect, lest consumers adjust their thermostats and stop using those dreaded microwaves, clothes dryers, and other hogs of electric power until the crisis passes.
All of us should conserve, they say, and usually the fear tactics work.
My wife, Dottie, and I do our part, but recently an event occurred that smacks of “what’s good for one party is not necessarily good for the other.”
Our current power company has a little-known clause in their contract — and through research, I believe that most do — that says if one uses less than 1,000 kilowatts of electricity in a given month, a base charge — nothing more than a penalty — is tacked onto the bill.
For the period ending May 8, 2014, the McKinley household used 992 kilowatts; thus we were treated with an additional $19.95 surcharge.
That, my friends, makes no sense to me.
— Fred B. McKinley, Burleson
Great American hope
I think of Ben Carson as the “great American hope.”
My hope is that the all Americans, including African Americans, would use Carson as an example of what you can accomplish through hard work, attitude, and desire.
Did it ever occur to you that Carson believes in his comments on education, tax policies, and healthcare, and he was not “force fed” his comments as Bob Ray Sanders’ column suggested?
Carson should be a model for all Americans whether black or white.
He definitely is a hero to me.
I do not know if he would make a great President, but I do know that we should strive to be more like him.
It is unfortunate that some are disappointed by this very successful man.
— Mel Pharis, Trophy Club
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