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Updated: February 23, 2013 6:03AM



Arming teachers won’t solve
America’s gun problems

Oh, boy. Now we are being urged to arm our classroom teachers.

I suppose that would mean adding expert marksmanship to the qualifications for becoming a teacher.

Would she (or he) be required to strap a holstered gun to her waist? Somehow conceal it on her (or his) person? Or would the gun be stored safely in a locked drawer in her (or his) desk?

Picture this — an armed assailant bursts into the classroom, guns in both hands. The teacher cries out, “Wait, I have to unlock the drawer to retrieve my gun!”

Or she quickly and expertly draws the gun from the holster at her waist or pulls it, perhaps from her bosom, and fires, trying not to hit any of the kids who are by now running around and screaming wildly.

There probably is no single solution to our problems with gun violence, but this surely is not one of them. The National Rifle Association brushes off the problem by repeating its slogan, “Guns do not kill people; people do.” But get real!

People with guns kill people.

Judith Cieslak

Valparaiso

Social Security must be
left alone; it can be saved

The newspapers keep reporting that our taxes are going up because a temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax expired.

The reduction never should have taken place. How can you fund it by reducing the amount of money put into the trust fund?

I paid in all of my working career, and now collect a Social Security check that improves my life. Remove the $106,000 cap and pay on all wages, and the Social Security funding problem no longer would exist. According to Sen. Bernie Sanders, this alone would keep the fund solvent through the year 2075.

Legislators also must also keep their fingers out of the fund.

Ken Yatsko

Kouts

Country would be better off if we closed all the churches

Who is running this country, churches or the government?

Since the beginning, the so-called Christians have been in charge, and look at the mess it’s in.

Of course we have those hard-working sheep, donating tax-free money to their churches so they can pay off lawsuits to the parents of children who were abused by their holier-than-God leaders.

Wonder how that makes them feel?

Wake up, people, and ban all organized religion.

It probably would eliminate all wars and make the world more peaceful.

And, by the way, instead of raising taxes, how about taxing donation money and church property?

P.S. — Those empty church buildings could be used for taverns. At least they pay taxes.

Nice letter, Pam Williams of Highland.

William Anderson

Cedar Lake



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