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Updated: March 1, 2013 6:11AM



We can either cut the debt
or watch society decline

Have we really sunk that low as a society and culture that we can’t even save ourselves from our own economic suicide?

Regardless of your political affiliation or background, any rational person must understand that any free individual, organization, state or country can’t prosper or even survive very long by living way beyond its means.

Oh, sure, you can borrow, cheat and play Ponzi schemes, living high off the hog for quite a while, but eventually, the maddening laws of nature and economics kick in.

There is always a day of reckoning.

These endless debt-ceiling crises cannot continue. The country cannot maintain a trillion-dollar deficit every year. The national debt cannot increase exponentially every year.

Something has to give, and two things can happen.

Either some real leadership will emerge, and statesmen from both parties will come together to convince the low-information voters that bitter medicine is needed, or we can stay the course of self-serving political expediency.

The second alternative always results in societal decline at best or tyrannical rule as a last resort.

Gary Ziolkowski

Crown Point

Armed but untrained people as dangerous as criminals

Everyone wants to know what the federal government will do about gun control, when we should be watching our state Legislature.

In Indiana, almost anyone 21 or older can buy a firearm without training or proof of skills — if they even know which end shoots. Then, he or she can carry that weapon into your local town council meeting or grocery store.

I guess many people expect to be magically transformed into the Lone Ranger when the time comes.

Meanwhile, police who receive regular training and practice do not always shoot straight or act appropriately in dangerous situations. Stressful and scary situations often influence behavior and perceptions, and a handgun is much more difficult to shoot than a rifle.

Police tell stories about gunfights where 20 shots were fired and no one was hit.

On the other side, we read where no criminals are shot, but innocent people are wounded. Innocent people (unintended targets) are killed and wounded every day by people who do not know how to shoot a firearm, usually a handgun.

Our lawmakers do not seem to understand that reality is not Hollywood. If an untrained person pulls a gun and shoots it, the ones taken to the morgue or the hospital might not be the criminals. If that happens in your local town council, carnage may result.

If faced with the choice between a “bad guy” and a person untrained and uneducated in firearm use, give me the “bad guy.” At least he knows he is a public menace.

Stuart Swenson

Dyer



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