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Letters to the editor, February 1

Personal vigilance

There is much heated debate in our country about how to prevent school shootings. Many want to arm our teachers; a school in California recently purchased 14 AR-15 rifles.

Putting aside our horror, our anger, should we not take a moment to consider reasonable solutions to the problem, even define the problem before we rush to a solution?

Approximately 47 million students enrolled in U.S. public schools in 2000. During this 12-year period, 100 to 150 were killed in school violence. This equates to less than .0003 percent.

You have a greater chance of being killed by lightning than being shot at school, and a better chance of predicting it.

Should our answer be to arm our teachers, even introduce assault weapons? Bring weapons into areas predominantly full of children?

Perhaps, we should not make decisions based on fear, stop looking for sweeping solutions, provided by someone else. The only way to prevent these random acts of violence is through vigilance, on a personal level.

If you are a parent, you do everything possible to keep your child safe. If you work at the school, be just as vigilant.

Be watching that front door as if it was your own home, making eye contact, conversation, gauging that person before he can get to the kids.

Random violence incites a visceral fear in all of us; we want to control it. All we can really do is mourn for those we lost, and learn from it.

Rob Taylor,




Dysfunctional prattlers

The last several days of 2012 were revealing. Some would say depressing and even disgusting.

While the country is drowning in debt and the world is going up in flames — we witnessed dysfunctional prattlers in Washington turning the United States into the laughing stock of the world.

Larry Jambor,