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Updated: June 18, 2013 6:05AM



Instead of destroying guns, let’s give them back to cops

While millions of relinquished or confiscated guns are currently being destroyed by federal, state and local governments, why can’t they instead be expropriated for use by law enforcement agencies and/or the U.S. military?

At first glance, it would appear that destruction of these firearms will make our streets safer; however, many of these guns will be replaced by new ones sold by gun dealers.

Paul G. Jaehnert

Vadnais Heights, MN

Why wasn’t security better at the Boston Marathon?

A congressman from Boston made this statement about the security authority in Boston. On television network news, he stated security personnel meet once a week and discuss security areas during the marathon. The area the first bomb went off was the VIP section and family members of the runners. And right at the finish line, those bleachers were packed. And right in front of the street was this bag, I would say that’s a key area. Where was the security personnel?

Pat Tuleja

Schererville

Portage mayor wasting money on trails and parks

I see in the news that the Portage mayor is planning to spend another few million on bike trails and parks here in Portage. I voted for him on the assumption that he would use common sense such as most Republicans do when handling other people’s money.

BIG disappointment! Here we are with some of the worst roads in any other city in the state. More than $16 million spent on bicycle trails that are only used by a few and then only if the weather permits.

The rough roads and pot holes are extremely hard on tires, shock absorbers and wheel alignment but there is no one fixing them. Wake up! City Council! Don’t you have a say so in this?

Russell Beal

Portage

Writer’s views on Boston, budget, tax burden refuted

To Mr. Mark Leyva:

1. Cameras were of invaluable assistance in apprehending the Boston bombers.

2. Congress is responsible for proposing and funding the budget.

3. The Republicans in the Senate have stopped 17 jobs bills including the veterans jobs bill.

4. American’s tax burden is the lightest in the developed world.

Claudia Carson

Lake Station



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